Your Inbox is NOT a Task List: 5 Tips
I’ve made the switch to using Google Apps as my email client. I’ve been pretty happy, I must admit. It’s nice to have access anywhere and not have to deal with nursing my other application. However, I was making one mistake that dawned on me the other day.
The inbox is NOT a task list.
Oh sure, I know for some people that works well. But not for me, maybe not for you either. Here’s some things that can happen if you use your inbox as a task list
Simplify Your Life: Ask For Help
What chore do I hate? Cleaning out my window sill & tracks. You know why? Because until yesterday, I didn’t know you could take the sliding window out, remove the track and clean it. How simple was that? Why didn’t I know that? Because I never asked. So, the process I went thru the clean the window was not only a royal pain, but wasn’t really effective. I couldn’t clean underneath, and my gag reflex kicked in today when I saw what was under there (thank goodness for vinyl windows!).
So, what the heck does that have to do with simplifying your life? A lot! Can you imagine how much easier it would have been, how many less bumps and bruises I would have had, and how much less time I would have spent on this mundane project if I would have known there was a much easier way? Well, my knuckles are all intact, but for argument sake, let’s talk about time:
Old way: 45 minutes per window, labor intensive, hated doing it so I avoided it (being honest)
New way: 15 minutes per window, very simple and fast to do, didn’t love doing it but definately won’t avoid it in the future
What does that mean? It means I saved myself 30 minutes per window (I have 12) and I now don’t hate doing this chore, hence I will do it more often.
What does that mean for you?
Well, think about a chore you hate to do. Since one of the subjects of this blog is organizing, let’s use that one. Say you’re struggling with your home office, and good grief, it is driving you crazy. So, you cope. You stack up the papers, avoid filing and generally go day after day trying to work in an office that you basically hate. You feel hopeless because what you’ve done in the past hasn’t worked. Instead, you could….
… ask a friend for help (who happens to have a rockin’ home office)
… form a “support group”, make a commitment to each other, help each other out with organization projects
… read a book like “It’s Hard To Make a Difference When You Can’t Find Your Keys”, by Marilyn Paul
… check out flylady.net for helpful tips to get you going
… subscribe to my e-newsletter!