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QUICK TIPS Clean Up Your Mental Clutter By Kimberly Medlock, CPO Mental clutter is very similar to physical clutter. Just like physical clutter, it is an abundance of unorganized "stuff." In the case of mental clutter, it is an excessive and unrealistic mixture of too many things we are trying to remember, mixed up with too many things we are trying to forget. This kind of clutter consists of to-do's, ideas, regrets, worries, goals and thoughts taking up too much of your head space. When you learn how to consistently eliminate and process all of the "stuff" in your head, you will probably notice just how much better organized you can be. Here are 3 things you can do RIGHT NOW to get started: 1. Avoid multi-tasking. The old definition of multi-tasking was "the ability to do multiple things at a time." The new definition of multitasking is "the ability to mess-up multiple things at one time." Instead, practice "singletasking." Decide to be fully engaged with whomever you are spending your time and give the task at-hand your full and undivided attention. 2. Brain dump. Your mind was not designed to keep up with and store endless to-do lists and information. It was created for thinking! Keeping things in your head is self-sabotage. When you have a thought or multiple things to do or get, write it down. Lists help you stay on track and focused. Keep your "to-do" list reasonable and practice scheduling those really important tasks on your calendar as a planned time to complete them. Bonus: You get the added benefit of feeling accomplishment by being able to scratch things off your list! 3. Have a plan! Fewer than one in five people actually start their days with any kind of plan. Without some kind of plan, you will find yourself floundering from task to task throughout the day and most likely end the day feeling like you didn't get anything done. There are several studies that report that for every one hour of planning, 3-4 hours of time 6 is saved by avoiding redundancy, waiting for information, not-being prepared and poorly managed tasks. So bottom line: With a plan, you will not only greatly reduce your mental clutter, but you will also save time and get more done! ● Kimberly Medlock, CPO, is a common sense productivity expert, helping organizations across North America get better results quicker and easier, with less time, energy and hassle. She can be reached at kimberly S u m m e r 2 016

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Association Connection - Summer 2016

A Message from the President
Quick Tips
The New Association Meeting
Safe & Sound: Meeting Security in Today’s World
Powerful Panels That Engage Your Audience
Successful Retreat Secrets
TNSAE’s Industry Education Day
Thought Leadership
Destination Planner: Asheville, N.C.
New Members
TNSAE Calendar
Index of Advertisers/

Association Connection - Summer 2016