Cluttering can and does stifle productivity. And in the workplace,
productivity equals money. In this book he tells his readers how to eliminate
clutter from their offices, and by doing so, become more efficient and
There are many books on the market about getting organized, but Nelsonís
voice-of-experience style hits home. He, himself, lost a lucrative job because
of cluttering. So he relates his first-hand knowledge of cluttering in a
clear, conversational tone. He cuts through to the root of the problem with
insight and objectivity that can only be gotten from painful experience. In
doing so, he offers practical, realistic tips to permanently help those who
havenít been able to combat their disorganization problem.
Staying organized and reducing clutter increases profits.
Disorganization is more then mere piles of papers. It represents a
psychological or emotional blockage in life. Nelson offers long-term solutions
to piles of files and overflowing To-Do lists. He shows his readers whatís
According to Nelson, the first step in understanding a cluttering problem
is to know what kind of clutterer a person is. After that, he helps his
readers to know what works and what doesnít.
According to statistics provided by the National Association of
Professional Organizations, paper clutter is the No. 1 problem for most
offices. Redundancy is the cause, as most offices keep copies of copies of
copies. And, of course, everyone sent a letter or message must send a copy to
their boss and their bossís boss, creating a giant monster that ultimately
eats up the business, itself.
Nelson recommends dating files and not practicing the "Donít file
and forget it" rule. He also offers advice on how to organize computer
files and set up workable directories. He also shows his readers how to use
todayís technology to improve their productivity and not fall into the trap
of accumulating technical equipment for the sake of keeping up with
One of Nelsonís most valuable chapters is on organizing the home office.
With so many people working at home today, the information in this chapter is
invaluable to many. Nelson shows home business owners how to separate their
business space and clutter from their personal clutter. He also helps them
think through how they use time so that they become more productive.
Mike Nelsonís new book deserves a serious look by anyone overwhelmed by
the clutter of business.