It’s National Clean Off Your Desk Day on Monday January 9th! It’s the designated day you walk into your office and say ‘this is the day I’m going to get my office clean.’ You roll up your sleeves, then a few emails arrive, you take a phone call, you search around for that document-did you print it out or is it somewhere on your computer? And before you know it, it’s time to call it a day.

Here are some tips to clearing off your desk and staying productive during your workday:

One of my favorite blogs each year is my report on Partnering with the Community. Each year I volunteer my time to different non-profit organizations throughout the year. Some organizations will tell me of the transformations they experienced. Here is the experience from New Pathways for Youth. New Pathways for Youth provides after school programs and mentoring to children in need. These children experience cycles of poverty, homelessness, violence and substance abuse, convincing generations of youth that there is no alternative to what they see around them. New Pathways for Youth helps stop these cycles and close opportunity gaps that reshape childrens lives. Here's what New Pathways for Youth gained from productivity and organizing sessions. 

 

 

One of my greatest joys is to be of service to the community. One of my greatest passions is organizing and increasing people’s productivity and the way they work. When those two are brought together it allows me to work with a variety of non-profits in the Valley.

Who did I help this year? 

 

In an earlier blog, I wrote about paper journals and notebooks. If you follow my facebook page there were a flurry of comments about the use of different journals and then the discussion quickly turned to what’s out there in terms of technology. One of the best tech tools for capturing ideas is Evernote. Many people use Evernote for jotting down lists but really, this app goes beyond list making. There are several amazing things you can do with Evernote that can support the way you work.

 

As the legend goes, there was a guy from Italy that started the Pomodoro Method. Francisco Cirillo was a college student who struggled with his course work.  Sitting down to study, read and write for the college classes he was taking seemed like drudgery. He was on the verge of failing and stumbled on a technique that worked for him. If he set his timer for just 25 minutes, he could sit, focus, and work through his course work. He found if he set the timer four times and took breaks in between, he could get a lot done. That’s how the Pomodoro Method got started.

Cirillo had one timer, in the shape of a tomato. Tomato in Italian is Pomodoro. Let’s break down the Tomato Method.