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The Key to Getting Organized

There’s an $8.5 billion market for organization and productivity tools. Looks like we’re all willing to pay big bucks to get our sh*t in order.

That’s not necessary.

The key to getting organized is rather simple: Dump the crap from your life.

I’m serious. Clear the clutter and you’ll be up to five times more productive.*

Trim the fat from your to-do list.

When it comes to filling up my to-do list with an insane amount of stuff that I’ll never do, I’m the absolute worst. At one point, my daily list had 40 to-dos on it.

That’s a recipe for a deep dive into a bottle of despair.

You can really only get nine things done per day: one major thing, three middle things, and five small things.

Know what that means? Your delusions of productivity grandeur are lies.

You simply can’t get it all done. Instead:

Delegate: Hand off as much as people to other people. Whether it’s your team at work or your kids, dang it, let them do the dirty work.

Prioritize: To paraphrase Madonna, “If you want it right now, make sure you know how.”

Forget about it: Do you really need to sort your socks by color? No, no you don’t. Embrace the chaos.

Get rid of all. the. stuff. in your house.

“When you leave your house, you gotta lock it up. Wouldn’t want somebody to come by and take some of your stuff. They always take the good stuff. They never bother with that crap you’re saving.”

— The late, great George Carlin

Yeah, what’s with all the crap you’re saving? Do you really need five years of back issues of Entertainment Weekly? Spoiler alert: there are no more Spider-Man movies coming out.

I’m a hopeless tree-hugger, so I beg of you, don’t just throw this out. Someone, somewhere, wants to read about what was happening on “Bones” season four. Donation is your friend.

Let go of your dreams

Okay, maybe not really. But seriously, if you’ve had “Launch”** on your to-do list for three years…you ain’t gonna do it. Get real.

Make some room on your hard drive and in your brain by clearing out the mental clutter. Dump that blog idea you keep putting off and move TF forward.

You don’t need to drop a lot of money on getting organized. Just get the extra sh*t out of your life.

*Not based on scientific studies of any type.

**Please, someone do this.

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