Productivity blog postings
|Earliest: July 14, 2003||Latest: September 9, 2017||Total: 43|
|June 1, 2007|
Declutter is AwesomeDeclutter is Awesome
This weekend I'll be cleaning the basement and organizing some of my stuff. Yes, I have lots of stuff. The basement is a mess and its long overdue for a good cleaning and organization. There are three key things that need to be sorted/put away that are cluttering the basement: Clothes, Computer Stuff, Books. Here's my plan to tackle each one of them.
I have a lot of clothes that are in trash bags sitting on the floor in the basement. Due to my success at Weight Watchers, many of these clothes are too big for me. This weekend I will be sorting the clothes into three piles: clothes that I don't need anymore, winter clothes, and clothes worth keeping. Summer clothes should be moved upstairs.
I have lots of DVD-Rs, Zip Disks and Floppy Disks. My solution will be to use an 18-Gal bin for all my floppy disks and Zip disks. These are legacy storage media, and while most cleaning experts would advise to throw them out, I do plan to back the media to a modern storage device such as Blue Ray or Hard Drive. The key thing I want to have is a central location for all my legacy media.
I also have a collection of cables and will be sorting these out into two categories: Audio/Video Cables, and Computer Cables. This will make finding cables a lot easier. Since I have different types of USB cables, I plan on labeling USB cables that are not USB2 compatible.
The main goal is to get the books off the floor and onto some shelves that are in the basement. I don't need to keep all the books, as most of them are old computer books that have absolutely no value. The best option is to drop these at the recycling center. I do have some books that are worth some money, and these will go in a special bin.
|May 31, 2007|
How To Throw Things AwayHow To Throw Things Away
According to Michele Passoff, author of Lighten Up! Free Yourself from Clutter, "everything that is important must have a specific place. If it doesn't, it's trash." Since the wastebasket may be the most important and most underused item in your home office, you may want to ask these questions when deciding whether or not to trash a piece of paper:
- Is the information recent enough to be useful?
- Can it be found anywhere else?
- Is it important from a tax or legal standpoint?
- Are there any particular instances when the information would be used?
- What is the worst that could happen if the item was discarded?
In early 2002, I decided to declutter my apartment in San Jose, California. I came up with six rules to live by:
- About 80% of what you have now will be replaced with something better in less than two years.
- Prioritize your needs.
- Learn to live with less than what you have now. (Simplify your life)
- Do you need it, no? Then throw it away now.
- There's no value in keeping everything, the more items you have the less value it has.
- Organize, Organize, Organize.
|July 14, 2003|
New WeblogLast night I started the migration of the new Weblog look and feel. This is built on PHP and using MySQL database.
I'll be adding additional features, such as searching and better navigations. But I like the transition so far.
I am surprise that the number of train commuters hasn't gone down since summer is here. In fact there appears to be more people taking the train now.