In my seminars I talk a lot about having ONE notebook for all your notes/phone numbers/ideas. I discovered Moleskine when I moved to Paris in 1999 and haven't looked back. I usually use one per year, depends. They have a great history and now they're available at Target and Staples. And if you're an Evernote person (which I finally am) there's a Moleskine for that, too. Have you used Moleskine notebooks?
When I work with clients in their offices, they often tell me, "When it's out of sight, it's out of mind." This happens most often when we deal with paper and filing systems. For some reason, people think that the only place to file paper is in a filing cabinet. I have two thoughts on this:
Repeat after me, "like with like". This is a simple mantra that I teach all my clients to make organizing really simple. In an office, keep like things together. All the coffee supplies together, all the marketing materials together, all the tools together, all the pens together. Whether it's in a large warehouse, or a small desk drawer, put like items with like items and you'll always find what you need.
Here is another reason to keep your desktop clear: I just heard a story where a client (not mine) had a cluttered desk, a paperclip fell into the computer, and the hard drive was fried. Yikes! Now it's not about having a productive workspace...an errant paper clip (or spilled coffee) could make your data disappear.
What has happened to the meeting agenda? More and more I work in companies where no one seems to have an agenda anymore. Is it coincidence? Are meetings just becoming more relaxed? Without an agenda, people don't know how to prepare for the meeting, or why they need to go to the meeting in the first place. Am I the only one seeing this trend?
I can be a world-class procrastinator...particularly when I am afraid of taking risks and making changes. Thanks for the inspiration, Walt.
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