Confessions of a professional organiser #3 – I’ve finally joined the 21st century

No, I have not bought an iPhone or a Blackberry (I don’t think they suit my lifestyle goals… but that’s a post for another day).

It was time for my monthly back up when I noticed that I was out of discs so I popped into my local computer store when I was out doing errands.

Is it me or are those computer guys getting younger and younger?!

I asked the guy to show me where they kept discs and while I was there, I also picked up a cute little mouse for my laptop (white with pink trim, in case you were wondering) since my old one gave up the ghost.

We got talking (as I do) and when I explained my (now) complicated back-up system, he said something quite profound.

“Why don’t you just use an external hard drive?”

I was intrigued so I asked him a million questions and there and then decided this was the way to go.

Many hundreds of rands later, I left the store, very happy with my new piece of computer equipment.

The external hard drive sat on my desk taunting me for a day or two until I decided to “just do it” and …. well…

Dear Readers, I don’t know why I didn’t get one sooner.

It told me exactly what to do and after the first backup which took about 20 minutes, the next one went so quickly I barely had time to do an office task as is my usual custom while I do my monthly or weekly backups.

So that’s my confession – I am now firmly in the 21st century. Still with a phone about 4 years old but I like it and it works for me 🙂

Do you have any confessions you want to share with me?

Declutter your computer – part 2

Last week we spoke about decluttering all those f-r-e-e downloads (including mine!) and all the email. I always try to play along with you so I also decluttered some downloads (4 MP3 audios and 5 PDF e-books).

How did you do?

I must also apologise – I forgot to mention that as part of the Office Organising Bundle, you get Conquer your Email which will definitely help you if email’s your problem.

So how do you know if email’s a problem?

The quick answer is if you spend more than 30 minutes a day on email … but why don’t you take the assessment below this article.

90% of people waste an extra hour a day on email that they don’t have to. That hour translates to SIX WEEKS a year. You read that right – six weeks!

Now onto the rest of the computer decluttering.


Now that we’ve all gone digital, it’s so easy to snap, snap, snap and then snap some more.

Download pictures regularly, delete the bad ones there and then, and save the rest to CD or DVD regularly to up some space on your computer.

I only print beautiful shots (because printing is so expensive here) so if I wouldn’t want to print it, I don’t keep it on my computer. If I want to use pics on the blog, I compress them immediately so that they take up 50KB as opposed to 1MB. And I name them meaningfully so I can find them afterwards with just a few clicks.


How many blogs are you following in your Google Reader, Bloglines or other feed reader?

Do you know how long you take to read all of those blogs every day? Take some time to go through your feeds and declutter those you tend to skim over, especially if you do this 3 or more times every week.

Get to know your comfort number. Mine is around 42 – 45 and I know when I start adding more and more blogs without deleting any, I start feeling more and more overwhelmed at the sight of all those unread items!

My coaching challenge to you

  1. Print out this post.
  2. Tackle one of these sections every week until they’re all done.
  3. Let me know when you do them.

Happy Organising.

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