My cousin, Leo, is my productivity partner. His business gives him the opportunity to “virtually meet” people from all over the world through his email newsletter. This morning, he received a fascinating story via email from one of his newsletter subscribers, Cristin.
I heard this on Frank 107.5 (Portland ME) today.
Thursday, October 18th 2012
Want to get more productive? Hire a PRODUCTIVITY DOMINATRIX.
Maneesh Sethi is a programmer in San Francisco. Last month, he started
tracking his productivity using an app called RescueTime. It monitors how
long you spend doing different tasks, and visiting websites unrelated to
And he was HORRIFIED to find he was spending 62% of his time on the
computer slacking off. He was only operating at 38% productivity, which
means he was wasting 19 HOURS a week. So he came up with a solution.
He put an ad on Craigslist looking for someone who’d SLAP HIM if he
started slacking. He offered them $8-an-hour, and they could do work on
their own computer the entire time. They just had to pay enough attention
to slap him when he slacked.
Maneesh got 20 emails immediately, and hired a woman named Kara. And he
found that when she was there, ready to slap him, his productivity almost
TRIPLED to 98%. He was only slacking off 2% of the time.
Maneesh says it wasn’t just the FEAR OF THE SLAP that made him more
productive. Just having someone else there made him more productive
because it added accountability and gave him someone to bounce ideas off
I am inspired to test out RescueTime myself! (I think I’ll skip the slapping part for now!). I’ll let you know how it goes!
On January 1, 2008, I moved from California to Hawaii. I had planned on living in the Aloha State for a year, then moving back. Now, nearly five years later, I’m pretty sure that Hawaii is my lifelong home.
Over the years, I’ve slowly downsized my stuff in CA, and what once filled a two-bedroom house has been pared down. However, I still have a storage unit that I pay for in Hollister, CA. I have some beautiful family furniture, as well as some other household and momento items, but it’s time to trim the fat!
I will be blogging and “vlogging” (video logging) the experience. It’s going to be hard, but the time has come! Stay tuned!
ASK THE ORGANIZER is a series which addresses the organizing challenges of busy professionals and, indeed, busy people in all stages of life!
As for organizing, I guess my biggest challenge is just getting started. My office is a mess and I just get caught up in my daily activities. Any tips?
For busy working professionals, the messy office is a common struggle. Very often, two things impede the organization process:
1. It seems like such a huge job that it’s overwhelming, and
2. They don’t know where to begin (as in your case).
Unlike making a sale or earning a commission, organizing doesn’t provide an immediate monetary benefit, so it can be less inspiring to address. That being said, a disorganized space is like a house built on sand; without the solid foundation, things fall through the cracks and productivity (and profitability!) suffers.
Here are three ways to create a “house” (office space) built on solid rock! Productivity will soar and your clients, your profit margins, and your personal wellbeing will all benefit.
1. Determine your area of greatest pain…is it your messy desktop, the piles of papers that need to be filed, your email inbox? When attacking an organizational challenge, it can be good to face that first as the psychological benefits are enormous!
2. Determine your personal “peak” time of day and schedule regular organizing sessions into your calendar during that time. Whether you’re a morning person or night owl, address your organizing project during that time, when you are at your highest energy and mental clarity. Right after lunch, for example, is often a low productivity time for many people and would not be the best time to address a seemingly daunting task.
3. Work on the project for a pre-established amount of time. I often do 25 minute segments based upon the popular time management technique, The Pomodoro Technique. Set your phone timer or alarm for 25 minutes and get after it!
Bar all distractions during that time…no phone calls, emails, conversations with colleagues. Focus is key. If the project is totally overwhelming and the prospect of 25 minutes at once is more than you can take, start out doing 7 minute segments.
The amount of time is not important…this is just a vehicle for getting you started. Often you end up working longer than the established amount of time because you are inspired once you get going!
Organization is about maintenance and that’s the main area where people fall short. While an awesome organization session can bring about a clear desk and an organized space, the area quickly reverts back to chaos unless maintenance work is built into your daily routine. But organization is the solid rock foundation to mind-blowing productivity and profitability. By just asking the question, you’re already off to a great start!
Everyone wants to be organized. We watch reality TV shows and think, “Well if I could just get them to come to my house, then I could finally get organized.” But while the drama of a before-and-after makes for great television, dramatic change can sometimes be difficult to maintain.
Whether you want to organize your time, de-clutter your space, or tame that unruly email inbox, this presentation will provide you with concrete, specific, actionable ways to organize your life, increase your productivity, and just plain breathe easier!
When you leave, you will feel empowered, motivated, and inspired to take steps toward an organized mind, time, and space!
Thursday, September 20
Waikiki Landmark Building
1888 Kalakaua Ave Ste C312
Parking is located on the Ala Wai side of the building. We recommend coming up McCully and then turning right on Ala Wai Blvd. The parking is on the left hand side and is marked “Landmark Shops Parking” (not guest and resident parking with roll down gate). Please note that there is no parking attendant or ticket to take at the entrance. Please park in any available spot. Ignore the prepay parking box and come on upstairs to Suite 312. We will provide parking validation for your exit.
Phone/Submit your RSVP by Monday, September 17
COMMUNITY SHRED-IT event (Aiea, HI)
Saturday, August 18, 2012
3:00pm to 5:00pm
99-500 Salt Lake Blvd, Aiea, Hawaii 96701
Come and join the Shred-it Team as they partner with the Humane Society for a COMMUNITY SHRED-IT event in Aiea at Aloha Stadium.
A $5.00 donation per box is requested.
FOR MORE INFO, VISIT THE SHRED-IT HAWAII WEB SITE
COMMUNITY SHRED-IT event (Mililani, HI)
Saturday, August 18, 2012
10:00am to 1:00pm
95-370 Kuahelani Ave., Mililani, HI 96789
Come and join the Shred-it Team as they partner with St.John Apostle Church for a COMMUNITY SHRED-IT event in Mililani.
Donations to the church are requested.
FOR MORE INFO, VISIT THE SHRED-IT HAWAII WEB SITE
Access Corporation Community Shred Day
Saturday, August 25, 2012
8:00 – 11:00 AM
Aloha Aina (McKinley High School) Oahu, HI
FOR MORE INFO, VISIT THE ACCESS COMMUNITY EVENTS PAGE
Here are some great photo tips, courtesy of APPO (Association of Personal Photo Organizers).
1. Keep your camera handy. Be ready for those unplanned moments!
2. Keep the sun behind you. Harsh light can cast shadows and cause squinting. Move into the shade or keep the sun behind you mid-day when the sun is most direct.
3. Get creative! Capturing drops of water on your little swimmers’ faces make for some fun summer photos!
4. Garden close-ups. Early morning is best for dew, and at sunset for a golden glow. Get in close, increase your ISO and zoom in!
5. Make digital memories. Spur of the moment plans are what summer is all about! Capture some of these casual get-togethers; getting ice cream, walking the dog, or a last minute BBQ!
Visit APPOSummerPhotoTips for 10 more great tips!
Need assistance with your summer and family photos…we can help!
On Monday, Aloha Organizers took on “Honolulu’s Messiest Room” by spending a day organizing a room for the winner of Honolulu’s Messiest Room contest. “Gracie” (not her real name) is a recent widow who lives on the North Shore. Her husband passed away in February and was sick for years prior to his passing. With her time over the past years being focused on her husband’s care, Gracie was in real need of assistance.