Choosing a Backup Solution That Works for You

Whether your computer holds business documents, personal records or photos, backing up your files is an important -- and often neglected -- task.  We've all heard from people who've had their hard drive crash and lost all of their data. A friend of mine lost all of the photos from her son's first six weeks…

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Knowing What to Send to the Recycle Bin

One of the biggest obstacles to organizing digital files is simply deciding what should be kept and what should be deleted. Unlike paper files, digital files don't take up physical space in your home, and it's tempting to keep more for that reason. To be honest, I'm not sure I've found the perfect balance in…

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Organizing Computer Files: Thinking Through Your Needs

I continue to believe that one of the most important steps in getting organized is to take some time before you begin to really think about what you need to make a system work. It's not enough to simply pick up someone else's system and put it in place in your own life without this…

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Creating Category Folders in Google Reader

Update: Google Reader is no longer available; here's what I use instead.  Last week I talked about the value of organizing the subscriptions in your feed reader. A couple of you mentioned that you weren't sure how to do that, so I took some screenshots from my Organizing Your Way Google Reader account to help you…

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Tutorial: Organizing Your Feed Reader

Yesterday many of you shared your favorite organizing blogs in the comments of the Question of the Day post, and I thought as a follow-up to that and my post about decluttering your feed reader, it would be good to talk about organizing your feeds If you use a feed reader, chances are you've opened…

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The Importance of Having an Organized Media Kit

At BlissDom '09, the popular blogging conference hosted by Blissfully Domestic and held in Nashville earlier this month, several panels emphasized the importance of having a professional media kit for interacting with marketers, companies and PR representatives. For bloggers who are focused on earning income from advertising revenue or product reviews, having an organized and…

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Quick Tip: Maximize Your Blogging

Almost anyone who blogs will tell you that blogging is a time-consuming commitment. Because I maintain several blogs and don't want to sacrifice more time than I have to with my family, I look for every time-saving tip I can find. Here are a few quick tips that work for me: Write Quickly Professional writers…

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Maximize Your Blogging: Plan Ahead

If your goal is to blog every day, chances are you've experienced the panic of realizing you haven't posted, don't have any idea what to post about and don't really even feel like posting. One thing that a lot of successful bloggers have in common is that they plan ahead to avoid moments such as…

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Maximize Your Blogging: Make a Plan

Most bloggers find themselves burnt out and overworked at some point during their blogging career. We'll be looking at methods, tips and tricks to simplify and organize your blogging so that you're getting more done in less time and maximizing your blogging time. To start, though, as always, we need to ask ourselves a few…

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Product Review: Microsoft OneNote

When I purchased my new laptop earlier this year, I also made the leap to Microsoft Office Ultimate 2007, including Microsoft OneNote 2007, which quickly became my favorite software package and time management program and remains my favorite to this day. I don't know about the rest of you, but I'm a list maker. I…

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