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1. Ask yourself 'where would I look for this?' rather than 'where should I put this? when storing paper, possessions, or electronic files. The 'putting' part is easy. Finding things quickly and effortlessly is what saves you time.
2. Carry a folder of articles with you. This makes good use of small amounts of time otherwise spent waiting, while making a dent into your reading pile.
3. Create a mini-agenda for phone conversations. A planned call averages seven minutes. An unplanned call averages ten minutes. It is easy to see how you can maximize your phone time.
4. Set a time limit on your involvement in a task. The task will seem less boring or overwhelming if you know you will stop at a certain time.
5. Make notes to yourself for details that come up while sorting any pile. You can then address those notes one at a time later with attention each deserves.
6. Use a spiral notebook to capture random ideas, to-do lists, and notes of phone conversations. The notebook creates reliability and consistency for storing information and is far superior to back of an envelope.
Any ONE of these tips can redeposit considerable amounts of time back into bank of Your Life, to spend in ways that are more pleasurable and satisfying for you. It's your choice.
© Susan W. Miller, 2002 All Rights Reserved
Susan W. Miller, President of Home Oasis International, a Denver-based company selling organizing products and services through home parties and online. She is the author of the “PRO NOTEBOOK” a Personal Resource Organizer, a life-planning tool to gain control over your personal and financial records. Home Oasis International professionals are available to speak to your group. 1-800-681-8681, http://www.HomeOasisInternational.com