The Bus Buddies are part of the fastest-growing group of work travelers in the country, people who rarely see their houses in daylight, leave home when their kids are still asleep, and mainline Red Bull just to stay awake. They’re known as extreme commuters. They spend at least a month of their lives each year traveling a minimum of an hour-and-a-half to work and back, vs. the U.S. average of 50 minutes. Their ranks have jumped an astounding 95% since 1990, according to the Census Bureau, accounting for 3.4 million workers.
Here are twelve quick tips for organizing your desk. These are things that have worked well for me. Most of them are probably applicable to others as well. If you have any suggestions of items to add please add them to the comments.
I’ve had several requests come my way for some tips on how to implement GTD on the super cheap. After all, not everybody can afford a super-fancy PDA or even a spiffy Moleskine notebook – especially college students. So, after doing a little research, I’ve figured out a way to make your very own GTD setup for around $20 (USD). Remember – my goal here was to find the absolute cheapest items (and even some DIY solutions), so I’ll be cutting a few corners.
We’re all familiar with the advantages (sometimes idealized) of working from home. You can work in your pajamas, you have a 25-foot commute, you have increased flexibility with your personal obligations, and you get some decent tax deductions. However, there are some special considerations that may need to be addressed or accommodated to make your home office the best it can be. Here are a few things we often address with our home office clients in our work as Professional Organizers:
But there is one thing you will find out about Getting Things Done. It will not get things done FOR you. You will still have to do that yourself. That may sound logical but it is not. I’ve spoken to quite a few people who still have problems with getting the right things done at the right time. This has nothing to do with their enthousiasm about GTD or the way they implement it. Hey, I’m one of them! But I found out that you can collect, process and organize everything all day long. Even worse, when you get to the point that you have everything organized, you have your lists set up and your Inbox is shining empty you will definitely do something else than doing your tasks. Because your mind is free from all the negative stress you get up with all sorts of new ideas.
If you’re reading this post then you may have problems with procrastination. I’ve developed a list of things I can do when I’m procrastinating. The trick here is that even though I’m still avoiding the work I’m supposed to be doing, I’m still engaged in doing something useful or meaningful. Here’s my top 10 list. I hope you find something of use.
If you use Google Homepage like I do, you know that there are loads of ways to customize it by adding widgets and feeds, etc.
Well, here’s one that will save you time and money. Just enter your zip code and you will be shown the gas stations surrounding your location and the price of gas. Just check it before you leave and head towards the cheapest station!
I love productivity blogs — they’re probably my greatest waste of time. But as they teach me to better use my time, I don’t consider it a waste. If you like reading about productivity, goals, habits, GTD, time management and other such topics, I’ve compiled a list of the best productivity sites for your perusal.