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Earliest: July 14, 2003Latest: February 22, 2021Total: 55
August 16, 2007

Effective Space Management

In an effort to improve my home office I am planning on doing more organizing this weekend. My desk drawers are filled with junk and the top of my desk has lots of clutter.

Effective Space Management, is a very similar concept to Time Management. Effective Space Management is managing existing space more effectively. With a clean and organized space, personal productivity should be improved. A clutter space is not a workable space. However, the solution is not to throw everything on top of your desk into the desk drawers. This only leads to spending time later looking for things, thus causing unproductive time in the future.

There are three categories that the contents of my desk falls under:

Its time to throw away receipts that I don't need any more. I have a habbit of keeping CVS receipts because they usually include a coupon that I may use. If I come across any coupons that haven't expired yet I'll put them in my wallet and stop at CVS tomorrow morning.

Computer Supplies
I have some PCI cards and CD Sleeves in my desk drawer, however there's no need to keep these in the drawer. I have better things to put in its place. I have several computer supply bins that I'll be using for these items.

Office Supplies
I shouldn't have to keep all my office supplies in my desk drawer. So extra staples and envelopes will go into my office supply bin. Any time I need any office supplies, I know where to check.

Having a cleaner and organized office makes it much easy to be productive. I won't be spending needless time finding office and computer supplies.

August 9, 2007

Songs to spice your Mood

I found this on the Internet about 6 years ago when I was looking for songs on my iPod.


Depressed "Dance with Life" Bryan Ferry, "Keeper of the Flame" Martin Page, "I go to the Rock" Aaron Jeffery, "Emotions!" Mariah Carey, "Back in the High Life" Steve Winwood

Down and lonely-"Have a little faith" Jewel, "I have the touch" Peter Gabriel, "Get up Stand Up!" Bob Marley "Express Yourself" Madonna

Feel bummed about life-"I just want to Fly" Sugarray, "Elevate Your Mind" "I Feel Good" James Brown, "Wind Beneath my Wings" Bette Midler

Blue because nothing is going right- "Get knocked down" Chumba Wumba,"Don't Stop" by Fleetwood Mac, "Holiday" Madonna, "Promise of a New day" Paula Abdul "Life Is a Highway" Tom Cochran "Return to Innocence" ENIGMA

Choose to feel good for once this week-"Cherish" Madonna, "You're Simply the Best!" Tina Turner

Choose to get that zip back in your attitude-"Walking on Sunshine," Katrina and the waves, "Parra Von DeVas" The Iguannas, "Stir it up!" Bob Marley or B-Tribe, salsa or reggae is great too! (watch lyrics though) "Zippi Dee Doo Dah"

Tune to spark that," I can do anything!" feeling-"One Moment in Time" Whitney Houston, "King of the Raod"general

June 1, 2007

Declutter is Awesome

Declutter 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.

Computer Stuff
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 Away

How 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:

  1. About 80% of what you have now will be replaced with something better in less than two years.
  2. Prioritize your needs.
  3. Learn to live with less than what you have now. (Simplify your life)
  4. Do you need it, no? Then throw it away now.
  5. There's no value in keeping everything, the more items you have the less value it has.
  6. Organize, Organize, Organize.
July 14, 2003

New Weblog

Last 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.