August 11, 2009

Swifferize Your Routine

For millions of people, Swiffer products have been a game-changer, offering a quick and convenient way to clean your floors on a more regular basis between deeper cleanings. I love being able to catch all the dust accumulating in just a few minutes.

Every now and then we all stop and sort through the stacks of clippings, unread professional publications, notes from conferences attended and the like. To be truly effective though, we need to complement these episodic organizational deep dives with more ongoing review and action.

Example: While I use an electronic calendar and organizer, I go low-tech for my daily routine. On a 3x5 index card, I note my appts. and tasks for the day on one side. As things come up during the day that I need to remember and/or act upon, I note those on the other side. The card is my key to portable productivity. At the end of the day, I clear the card, reviewing both sides and taking the necessary actions.

Take 10 minutes right now and figure out one way you can Swifferize the way you manage your desktop (actual desk, mental, and/or computer).

The clutter you remove just might lead to the clarity you seek.

2 comments:

KareAnderson said...

That is such an apt metaphor it really works for me... funny thing was i Swifferized our wood floors downstairs at sunrise as the sun came up over Angel island across the bay..got so inspired with how quick and easy it was that I cleared my desk of extra papers... and now, hours later and reading your gem of a blog

David M. Patt, CAE said...

Good organization, Jeffrey. Almost every day I update my "work" list (in Word), with tasks that need to be done and the approximate date to do them (that's how I prioritize).

Every few weeks I take a couple of hours to go through my piles and get rid of stuff that is no longer as important as it was when I put it there.

It's slike Swifferizing the corner behind the couch.