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Worth Repeating – September Productivity Posts (2013 edition)

baskets of tomatoes at farmer's market
Garden Candy, Farmer’s Market, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada (photo by M. Lukens)

Sometimes it’s not what we need to learn, it’s what we need to remember that matters most. In that spirit, I’m offering a small collection of primo posts from prior Septembers to usher you into autumn.

Did you acquire a bad habit or two during the lazy days of summer? Time to shape up! Because September is often the start of a busy season, take a minute to review these 30 quick tips on how to quit wasting time.

While autumn sometimes speaks of new beginnings – think back-to-school – the approach of winter can also turn our thoughts to how things wind down. Pablo Picasso’s worthy thoughts on procrastination got me thinking. Maybe they’ll strike a chord with you, too.

I find that a daily writing practice is a great way to clarify muddy thoughts, write better and faster, and clear out the mental gunk. It’s a practice I’ve shared with many clients.  Here are some tools to help you get inspired to write every day.

Spring isn’t the only time for cleaning. Take an hour and clean out your paper files, then take all the sensitive information to your favorite shredding place (such as the local UPS store) for secure document destruction.

The Farmer’s Almanac reminds us that September’s full  moon is called the Harvest Moon, and it occurs on the 19th in North America this year. Generations ago people living on farms used the light of the Harvest Moon to work extra hours gathering in the crops. You can use it for a late-night ramble or some sky-gazing, if you’d rather. Happy September!



Do You Respect Your Papers?

I have seen: a design-conscious client who felt that all her files MUST fit into a small rattan box under her table, like she’d seen in magazines. a home-based business that tried to get by with a decrepit metal file cabinet that was hard to open, harder to squeeze in another sheet of paper. a… Continue Reading

Worth Repeating – January Productivity Posts

Happy birthday to my New Leaf organizing and productivity blog! Begun in January, 2008, it’s now four years old! I’m dipping into the archives to offer you, my readers, a few yummy posts from those past Januarys. You know, since I can’t serve you cake digitally. In case you thought that clutter and excess stuff… Continue Reading

Worth Repeating – May posts from New Leaf News

Looking ahead to summer. Remembering the past on Memorial Day. Listening as commencement speakers recall prior achievements and give advice for a lifetime. May is filled with beginnings and endings. What would you like to begin? What would you like to end? Here are a few posts from past Mays to help make today more… Continue Reading

Three ways to reduce your office paper this year

Keeping office paper within bounds is a challenge that hasn’t gone away. Here are three practices you can adopt this year to reduce the amount of paper you keep. Subscribe to online versions of newspapers, journals, and magazines. Many publications offer a full or expanded online publication, often for less than the cost for delivery… Continue Reading

Worth repeating – August posts from New Leaf News

I’m sharing a few posts from the New Leaf archives. Here’s what was on our mind in August during the past couple of years. Productivity depends on being able to work in comfort. Eliminate at least one pain in the neck with a wireless headset. Successfully planning for the future requires acknowledging past wins. Are… Continue Reading

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