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All You Need To Know About Time Management

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018

All You Need To Know About Time Management

Q: There are so many time management tips, apps, and tools. Where do I start? How can I uncomplicate time management?

A: The answer is simpler than you think. Better yet, the effects are immediate. Even better still, it will take your time management and productivity to new heights.

When it comes to time management and getting things done, would you say that you are:

  • Rarely productive?
  • Sometimes productive? Or
  • Always productive?

Now, here is the cold, hard truth about your answer, no matter which it may be: You can be BETTER.

But how?

In today’s hectic world, demands on your time fly about you like mosquitoes on a hot Southern summer night. It’s too bad that there’s not a to-do-repellent, bottled up and ready for purchase at your nearest Container Storeicon!

But while there may not be a “protective spray” for busyness, there is a solution – and it’s simpler than you think.

Better yet, the effects are immediate.

Even better still, it is a rinse-and-repeat system that will take your time management and productivity to new heights. I promise!

The Biggest Time Management Mistake You Are Making Right Now

In life, there are those individuals who are goal-setters and those who are goal-getters.

A goal-setter is someone who likes the idea of setting goals, but doesn’t put the necessary actions behind them. On the other hand, a goal-getter doesn’t just set and believe in goals, but also has the follow-through to achieve them.

Dr. Stephen R. Covey described the secret of goal-getters in his book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: “The key is not to prioritize your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.”

Aha! Much of what comes into your day – emails, text messages, phone calls, meetings, snail mail, conversations, interruptions – they are all just vehicles for other people’s priorities in your life.

If you always schedule in “all that stuff” first, then there will always be little to no room for your own values, priorities, goals, and dreams.

This is the very reason why you should:

  • Trust your priorities to help you make decisions about how to use your time wisely,
  • Infuse your priorities into your daily routines so that you focus on what’s important, and
  • Stick to your priorities, no matter what.

Sounds good, right? Yeah, but it’s often really hard to do.

That’s why time management and productivity are such hot topics. It can be challenging to say “no,” which is what sticking to your priorities makes you do – a lot.

How To Manage Time Like A Highly Productive Person

So let’s set you up for success by making time management easier for you. Here are three guidelines to becoming a goal-getter who is the envy of everyone around you:

  1. Deep down, you are driven by a set of core values and principles like faith, family, or independence.

    From the get-go, decide what these values are.

    They will set the tone for your goal-getting success.

  2. Brainstorm the wish list of objectives that you would like to accomplish, either in the short-term or long-term.

    Then, break this wish list down into manageable projects and tasks.

    What is a good measuring stick for manageable? Take your original list and cut it in half – most people overestimate what is realistic.

  3. Calendar out the projects and tasks in order of importance and also set a date for project completion.

    Don’t skip that last part!

    Setting deadlines is a proven productivity tactic to keep you moving toward your ultimate goal(s).

Next: Rinse and repeat! The more you use this three-step time management system, the more you declutter your time and fine tune your schedule.

The bottom line is that your priorities act as your internal compass, helping you to stay focused, make clear decisions, and feel balanced and fulfilled. A highly productive person uses his or her values to guide every step, including how and where to spend time.

The One Time Management Tip To Always Remember If You Want To Save (Lots Of) Time

When organizing your time, act as the gatekeeper. Before putting anything on your schedule, ask if it will support your values and priorities fully, partially, or not at all.

  • If the answer is “fully,” then you’ve got a green light to add it to your calendar.
  • If the answer is “partially,” then it’s a yellow light, and you should only add it to your calendar after thoughtful consideration.
  • If the answer is “not at all,” then it’s a red light, and you should not let it near your calendar.

While there will be surprises and unavoidable hiccups here and there – that’s life – stick to your priorities as much as possible.

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How To Organize An Office – The Easy Way – In 24 Hours Or Less

Thursday, February 15th, 2018

How To Organize An Office – The Easy Way – In 24 Hours Or Less!

Q: Can you tell me how to organize an office, and in the fastest and easiest way possible?

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Knowing how to organize an office can seem difficult – maybe even impossible – especially when you think about all the papers and files that come with it.

The good news is that home office organization doesn’t have to be frustrating or overwhelming as long as you have the right office organization ideas and tools to help you!

In the end, you want to know how to organize an office so that you…

  • Have no more desk and office mess to distract you from getting things done.
  • Save time and effort by quickly finding what you need in your home office.
  • Save money because you don’t have to buy office supplies that you know are there, but just can’t find.
  • Replace the “negative energy” from office clutter with the “positive energy” from an organized office space.
  • Have a home office that supports creativity and productivity.

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Get Organized For Christmas Sale!

Saturday, November 12th, 2016

Get Organized For Christmas

Let’s talk about getting organized for Christmas!

I know, I know – it’s barely past Halloween. But you can’t deny that December will be here before you know it, and…

I want to help you eliminate the hassles of the holiday season once and for all.

In fact, you can easily be ready for Christmas (with your feet up!) by Dec 15th – leaving you plenty of time to enjoy the holidays instead of being stressed out by them.

Now, you may be thinking: “That’s a mighty big promise! How is this even possible?”

With: Totally Organized Christmas!

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The Key To Organizing Success? Avoid This

Monday, April 18th, 2016

Maybe you’ve been telling yourself that you need to get organized for days, weeks, months, or even years – and yet, you are still not there.

When it comes to getting organized, it may be easy to say…

  • I don’t have the time.
  • I don’t know where to begin.
  • I don’t know what to do.
  • I don’t feel like it.
  • I don’t have the patience.

But where does any of that get you?

If you could change the message you are telling yourself to be positive (I do) instead of negative (I do not), how would your get-organized outcomes be different?

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3 Quick Clutter Solutions For Your Home Office

Monday, April 11th, 2016

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3 Quick Clutter Solutions For Your Home OfficePiles, piles, and more piles! If this conjures thoughts of your home office, then here are three ways to get rid of office clutter – fast.

1. Pull double-duty.

Books are one of the biggest space hogs in any home office. Placing risers along the back of shelves, and then situating books on top of and in front of, with a little space in between rows, can easily double the storage capacity of a bookshelf.

Done-For-You Quick Clutter Solution: Drawer Organizer, flipped upside-down.

DIY Quick Clutter Solution: Find and cover a long box (such as one for waxed paper, plastic wrap, or foil) with acid-free paper. Leave the empty roll inside of the box for extra support.

Hint: For best effect, measure the length, width, and height of each shelf before you decide upon, buy, or make your shelf risers.

2. Find a quick hide-away.

Getting cords, cables, and wires under control can almost single-handedly transform the look of any office space. The fastest way to achieve this feat is by strategically (not lazily) hiding power strips and excess cords from view.

Done-For-You Quick Clutter Solution: CableBox.

DIY Quick Clutter Solution: Find a lidded, solid-colored container with similar dimensions to the CableBox. Using the CableBox as a model, cut holes where appropriate to guide the cords and cables.

Hint: For best look, tie together the cords extending outside of the cable management box with zip, twist, or Velcro ties.

3. Focus on the underutilized.

Not making use of vertical space like walls and doors is one of the top office organizing mistakes most people make. When used appropriately (and eye-pleasingly), vertical space can store office supplies, corral papers, and create more room to work and play.

Done-For-You Quick Clutter Solution: Magnetic Bulletboard, with Mini Bulldog Clips and Magnetic Spice Tins.

DIY Quick Clutter Solution: Find a large hanging frame that matches your office decor. Hang it, mark the opening, then remove. Cover the marked opening with magnetic paint, and rehang the frame.

Hint: For best use, display only things that inspire and motivate you, that you need to use or see often, or that keep you focused.

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Declutter Your Home With This Wall Organizer

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

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Declutter Your Home With This Wall OrganizerThere is an untapped get-organized resource in most homes: vertical space. That’s why, if you are looking to declutter your home, I’d like to introduce you to this wall organizer.

What? Alcove Wall Shelf
Where? CB2
Why? It looks cool, sounds cool, and it’s organized.

Looks cool.

They’re calling it a “nine shrine,” which essentially means it is nine metal ledges that suspend and intersect Mondrian-style.

Sounds cool.

At first, I found myself wondering: What the heck is Mondrian-style? If you are in the same predicament, check this out. The paintings will make it very clear, especially the Composition in Brown and Gray. (It’s also very clear that neither of us paid enough attention in art history class!)

It’s organized.

It’s hip, modern, and appreciates fine art. Not to mention, using words like “Mondrian” will wow your family and friends into believing you could clean sweep Jeopardy!

BUT more importantly, it will help you tidy up your books, mementos, and decor and will make use of the much underutilized wall space in your home. Be sure to view the pictures on the CB2 website for organizing inspiration!

So…how would you use the Alcove Wall Shelf to help you get organized? I’d love to find out! Please share your thoughts, experiences, ideas, and other comments below.

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Carmen Coker is a former US Air Force officer turned professional organizer. Thousands of busy people have benefited from her expertise featured by CBS, NBC, and Real Simple magazine – now it’s your turn! If you want to get organized and calm the chaos in your life, go to for her free video how-to called the Secrets of the Super Organized™.

3 Ways You’re Sabotaging Your Organizing Goals

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

3 Ways You're Sabotaging Your Organizing Goals

If you want to get organized and stay organized, you may need to change how you approach the process in order to get the most out of it. Common organizing mistakes such as picking out the wrong organizers may be the reason why you can’t get organized even though you’re giving it your all. Here are three typical problems people encounter when trying to get organized – and how to fix them – getting you back on the path to big organizing results.

Problem 1: You copy an organizing idea that looks good on paper.

Ever tried an organizing idea from a magazine, and it never really worked for you? The reason this failure likely happens is you try to achieve an organizing ideal – or what you believe organizing should be – instead of organizing according to your own rules. Break this pattern by crafting systems that work with your habits, routines, personality, and lifestyle – systems you love – rather than trying to copy what looks good in glossy magazines.

Problem 2: You try to accomplish too much organizing at once.

It’s a safe bet that the clutter in your life did not build up overnight. It likely has taken days, weeks, months, or maybe even years to become so … messy! In the same respect, getting rid of clutter is typically not an overnight success. For you, as it is for many people, this realization can become so overwhelming that it stops you in your tracks. Counteract this overwhelm by breaking larger organizing projects into smaller, bite-sized tasks. Then (realistically) schedule those tasks on your calendar, and follow through.

Problem 3: You don’t use flexible storage and organizing solutions.

To illustrate what a flexible storage option is, it’s best to describe what it is not. For example, non-adjustable shelves might hinder your organizing attempts, as you could run into dimension issues. Avoid this setback altogether by investing in organizers that can adapt to your personal needs, ones that modify, extend or retract, move, or otherwise give you additional flexibility.

How have these common organizing mistakes sabotaged your organizing goals? Please let me know your thoughts, experiences, ideas, and other comments below.

Carmen Coker is a former US Air Force officer turned professional organizer. If you want to get organized and calm the chaos in your life, go to for her free video how-to called the Secrets of the Super Organized™.

12 Unusual (And Cheap!) Organizing Tricks

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

12 Unusual (And Cheap!) Organizing Tricks

If you’re like most people, you want to get organized and stay organized, but you don’t want to spend a fortune on containers, bins, and other storage solutions in the process. Trade store-bought organizers for one of these inexpensive, out-of-the-box clutter busters created from everyday household items.

  1. Pantyhose. Cut off the waistband of an old pair and slip it over a rolled-up sleeping bag, securing it neatly. Or cut off the legs and place a roll of wrapping paper into each one, eliminating crimps from rubber bands or tears from taping.
  2. TP Roll. Need a mini-plastic bag dispenser for the glove box, a diaper bag, a pet travel bag, or elsewhere? Stuff a TP tube with 4-5 bags, and voilà!
  3. Headband. Tired of losing those tiny board game pieces? Wrap an elastic headband, like Goody’s Ouchless Elastic Headwraps, around the width of the box to hold it shut. Color-code to match the game itself or perhaps your home or personality.
  4. Pie Pan. Is your exercise ball on the loose? Put a circular pie pan wherever you’d like the ball to stay and rest the ball inside the pan.
  5. Empty Case. Are you a caffeine junkie? When you’ve emptied out an 8, 12, or 24-pack soda case box, use it to organize socks in drawer.
  6. Sea Shell. When situated belly-up, a sea shell acts as a beautiful jewelry organizer. All you need to do is find the right spot for it, like near the kitchen sink for when you need to remove your rings for dishwashing.
  7. Junk Mail. You’ll often get free personal address labels as junk mail. Attach these to the inside cover of books, planners, wallets. If ever lost or loaned out, the item will automatically have “return to” information enclosed.
  8. Container Lid. Have a loner lid from a large plastic storage container that’s missing its “mate,” or the container itself? The lid, situated top-up on the floor, will work well as a round-up for shoes in your entryway.
  9. Button. Place the backs of earrings through the holes in a button and clasp – it’ll now be easy to spot your earrings in your purse, suitcase, or gym bag.
  10. Picture Frame. Use a large frame, such as an 8 x 10, to corral remote controls or gaming controllers. Just slide a piece of fun paper or fabric under the glass, lay the frame flat on a nearby table, and then arrange the remotes on the glass.
  11. Trouser Sock. To calm cable chaos, cut off the foot of a trouser sock, unplug cords and cables, and feed them all through the sock. Then re-plug everything back into the power strip and/or sockets. If you repeat this process, overlapping multiple trouser socks, you can make a long “tube” to cover the entire length of cables.
  12. Door Knob. Fasten an old door knob to the top corner of a wood table – it’ll act as a great catch for purses, umbrellas, sweaters, etc.

How will these unusual (and cheap!) organizing tricks help you recycle, reuse, and repurpose your way to an organized home? Please let me know your thoughts, experiences, ideas, and other comments below.

Carmen Coker is a former US Air Force officer turned professional organizer. If you want to get organized and calm the chaos in your life, go to for her free video how-to called the Secrets of the Super Organized™.

The World’s Most Organized Shoe

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

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Hi there, I’m Carmen Coker, award-winning professional organizer, and welcome to Haute Organizing™, where I share with you how to transform organizing from “geek” to “chic”.

Today, we’re going to be talking about the world’s most organized shoe: Tieks.

The initial thing you will notice when your Tieks arrive in the mail is the fabulous packaging, but even more important, is what’s inside. When you open the box, you’ll get your first glimpse of the shoes, folded neatly inside. A pair of shoes being able to condense like that – it’s one reason this shoe gets points for being organized. Its portability is great for traveling, for going out on the town, and also for storing in your closet – they don’t take up a lot of closet space, as you can imagine.

The devil is in the detail, though, and that’s where Tieks gets it right. Let’s just say, you are going out on the town, wearing your cute high heels, but you want to take your Tieks with you, just in case those heels start to hurt your feet. Well, you are in luck!

  • One: There’s a drawstring pouch for the Tieks, so you can put them inside, and not worry about getting grime from the soles on anything in your purse.
  • Two: When you want to switch from the heels to the Tieks, there’s a larger bag that will store the heels. Again, keeping dirt at bay. The bag is such that you can sling it over your shoulder or put it inside your purse. So it’s very versatile.
  • Three: If you have on longer jeans for your heels, obviously they will scrape the ground once you put on your Tieks, since they’re flats. So each pair comes with some clear clips that will hold up the bottom on your jeans.

As you can see, the designers of Tieks have literally thought of every situation – and help you prepare for them all!

The bottom line: This shoe is organized, and it will make you feel organized.

Tieks are designer shoes, so they come with a designer price tag. That’s why I place them in the Haute Organizer category. But with the portability, durability, style, and organization that Tieks offer – I feel they are well worth the price tag!

I have three pairs myself, but I’m not the only fan – you’ll find ladies around the world talking about how amazing Tieks are, including celebrities like Oprah.

So there you have it – Tieks, the world’s most organized shoe. You can find out more about them at That’s t-i-e-k-s-dot-com.

So … what do you think about Tieks? Let me know by sharing your comments below. This is Carmen Coker, signing off! We’ll see you next time.

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