June 18, 2008

A Guideline to Equalize The Amount of Things You Keep Remove One to Add One is great guideline for keeping emails, documents, spare parts, shoes, books, or just about anything. The concepts is just as it says – before you buy, borrow, and otherwise add something to the things you already have, remove one to make room and keep your inventory or stash from exploding. This works especially well if you've got 'just the right number' of things to start. Teaching this guideline to kids is a great way of setting them up for success in the future. For example, once they have a collection of DVDs – say 20 or 100, they should pass one on before getting any more. Encourage your kids to give their 'excess' to the library, a shelter, a camp, the Y, or other charitable organization – they always have limited budgets! If you've got a glut of things right now modify this rule to be: Remove Two to Add One. Follow that two out step consistently and you'll have a relatively pain-free reduction of stuff. For example, say you have two thousand people in your contact or address list. When you add a new contact review the names just before and after the new entry and delete two that are inactive. They may be so inactive that you don't even recognize them anymore. You won't miss them. Why do this? Less to manage Faster Access to what is useful and meaningful Lower cost insurance Less to clean Quicker response from your computer Better image Good feelings Few distractions Do any readers use this or their own guideline today? Please tell us by leaving a comment!
Eat In - Use What You Have ~ Friday @ 5:00 Do you have 2, 4, or 7 boxes of pasta in the pantry? Do you shop at Sam's Warehouse, Costco or BJs and buy things in bulk? What's in the freezer? Pounds of meat? Bags of shrimp? Containers of leftovers? Packages of frozen veggies? How long could you prepare meals using the stuff in your cupboards, freezer and pantry? If it's more than a week take the challenge – eat out of your pantry until you're just about empty. Here are the guidelines: You start a menu with something that you have on hand. Let's say it's a can of chick peas, potatoes, rice, onions, frozen green beans, chutney, bananas that are starting to turn brown and frozen chicken breast. You decide to make a dish or menu using those items. Let's say chicken curry with the items above. Put the extra ingredients you need to make the dish on your shopping list. Let's say you need diced tomatoes to finish the ingredient list. You purchase that item when you grocery shop for perishables like milk and fresh fruit. You make the curry and use all those things out of your stores. And, let's say you savor every bite! Go to the top and start at 1. Again with another pantry item. Repeat until the cupboards, freezer, and other extras are almost gone. For fun mark your calendar with the date you start this project. Mark it again when you're doing a replenish the staples shop which you don't do until you think, "I feel like Old Mother Hubbard with Bare Shelves." The benefits of doing this: You'll use ingredients before they go bad or expire saving guilt & money You'll be creative and resourceful – be proud of yourself You'll be eating well! – enough said You might lose weight – depends on what type of recipes you choose, doesn't it!? I've been doing this for 8 weeks so far. I think I have 4 weeks more to finish using most of these extras. ____________________________ R & R (rest & rejuvenation) are the intentions behind the Friday at 5:00 entries. Often these are inexpensive and low key because you recharging your batteries can be more easily achieved without running around and doing, doing, doing. Your productivity is rooted in your energy being high. Your energy being high is rooted in recreation!

Susan Sabo

I am a tool-loving productivity specialist who gets things done so I can travel the world, bicycle our country, spoil my friends & colleagues, and show you how to do the same.

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