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I don't want it to clutter up my next actions list until Saturday has past, but I also don't want to let it get forgotten. The way you say this, it sounds like you may need a better tickler file. Something that isn't actionable until Saturday should definitely not be allowed to "clutter up your next actions list" before that. An effective tickler file ...


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This is essentially a legal question concerning customer relationship. Some documents may have legal provision whereas others may be described in the purchase contract. This answer assumes you are from the United States but keep in mind laws changes frequently and this answer should not be used as legal reference. Is my digitized warranty valid? You ...


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As you mentioned it is easy enough to hide this clutter in a subfolder so that it no longer distracts you. If the clutter doesn't take up a significant amount of hard drive space it is probably not worth your time to sort through it all to decide what you want to keep and what can be trashed. So if you're not willing to do as @VMAtm suggests and delete ...


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I gained traction on this problem by realizing that it is useful to put it as a recurring task. I had trouble with tasks that didn't need to happen at any particular day or time, but did need to get done, because it bothered me to "arbitrarily" pick a day or time. And, to paraphrase your question: "I might have more important things to do at that time". For ...


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My approach is that everything that could possibly be used in future gets scanned and sent to evernote. I put the physical piece of paper into a box marked (for the sake of argument) 'Archive Jan' and the Evernote files are placed in a folder marked 'Archive Jan'. At the end of the month I ship the box to my family home for storage (you could just put it ...


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There's no question that a more positive environment is more productive. But it doesn't hold back a lot of people from carving themselves out of poverty. There are countless stories of people who have been raised in gangs, broken homes, homeless people who have built a fortune out of nothing. Some businessmen have even gone bankrupt and homeless, yet manage ...


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At home I do something vaguely similar, but my routine is as follows: Keep ALL paper for 1 year After 1 year, keep all bank statements, receipts for work, pension plans etc for a further 2 years but scan all the items that are shredded. After 3 years, keep mortgage documents for a further 4 years, but again, scan all shredded items Then scan everything and ...


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I'm going to address the general concept of stuff around desks, even though your question seems to be narrowly asking about stuff on the wall. If that matters, then it would matter if the wall was painted white or if it had a busy wallpaper pattern. That sounds preposterous magical-thinking-like to think that wall coverings have much impact on anything. As ...


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In a paper-based system use a tickler file. When you're prompted, add the item to the appropriate next-action context list. In an electronic system I set up the task as recurring and use due dates and smart lists to ensure it only shows up when appropriate. I also set the priority of this action a little lower to keep it off the top of my list. For example ...


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I've also been trying to solve this problem. For standard cables, the best solution I've found so far is to drape like cables over a hook or post. For example, at my office I have several USB cables draped around one of the corner posts on a wire shelving unit, and several PC power cables draped around another corner post. If you know what all your adapters ...


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I suspect it matters what is on the wall. There's a big difference between photos/quotes that are always there that become part of the scenery and post its with things to do. For the former, I think it is personal preference for what you like staring at. When the post its have tasks on them or change frequently, they become something that requires ...


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Total Recall: How the E-Memory Revolution Will Change Everything, a book by Gordon Bell and Jim Gemmell provides a good background into electronic record keeping and guidelines for what you should keep. There are also YouTube videos of Gordon and Jim talking about electronic record keeping, eg., http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dq8hhPqgWcs Essentially they ...


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While there are no definites in this, as everyone responds differently to their environment, there are some useful pointers that many professionals agree on. Control of your own environment helps productivity for most people. Even if you are very busy, if you know what you will need to do and when, have a routine which you define and can manage time to ...


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I keep all mine labelled with the product they plug into, and if they don't have the voltage and polarity marked on them, I add that to the label. When a device fails, as long as the power supply still works it then goes in a drawer along with all my others. I try to keep them in groups (eg 9v, 12v, 24v) but to be honest, I usually have less than 25 in ...


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Digital clutter isn't so different from physical ones. It can actually be a lot easier to organize. I'd advise you to archive everything you're not currently using and spend some time organizing them in specific categories, so you don't have to waste your time searching. If the old data is not organized it's just never gonna be used or can take more time ...


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I've been using Dexpot for over 8 years now, and I really miss it when working on another Windows machine. Supports up to 20 monitors, highly configurable, and works fine with Windows 7 (even on 64 bits). Only discomfort it's caused me is that sometimes, when using Remote Desktop, it causes my desktop icons to disappear.


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Maybe bundle a bunch of related tasks: check oil, check winshield wiper fluid level, check tire pressure, check lights, etc. A weekly maintenance checklist that you put in the glove box of your car, and a reminder in your tickler file to hit the maintenance checklist before you drive off on Saturday (or whatever you do). That way the stuff is right in the ...



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