Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Are You a Pack Rat?

Focus: Personal Productivity, Getting Organized, Performance Success

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Are You a Pack – Rat?
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Well, I have a question for you today, are you a pack rat? In fact, there is a website devoted specifically to pack rats,

I went to that website quite a while ago because I teach classes on how to get more organized. And always in the quest to being more organized myself, I ran across this website with some really great tips I’d like to share with you. 

First, let me start off with the definition of how they define a pack rat. A pack rat is a person who has the irresistible urge to buy and store more than they need or can expect to use. 

One can be a little eccentric or full-blown obsessive compulsive. If you keep old newspapers until they are a fire hazard because you want an article, this is dysfunctional. The best therapy is to confront your demons with the help of a friend or professional. 

Ever notice how easy it is to save everything but money? Well, here are three rules to follow that might help you be just a bit more organized:
  • Number one, never acquire anything that you can’t find a home for and that place should not be the floor. I bet you have some colleagues who violate that regularly. 

  • Number two, if you do acquire something, something that takes up an equal or greater amount of space must discarded.

  • And finally, number three, if you haven’t used or touched an object in one year, its neessity is questionable.  
  • In summary: These are some cool considers from a great website. You may want to pass the url on to a "friend."
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