Raleigh Productivity Consultant's New Book Offers Home Organizing Solutions for the Digital Age

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Even with smartphones and computers, paper is still the No. 1 organizing challenge in households and businesses. In "Organizing Paper @Home: What to Toss and How to Find the Rest!" productivity consultant Barbara Hemphill examines all those papers, documents and files and offers a step-by-step look at how to find, sort, organize and categorize them all.

Our environments are constantly changing, but the principles of organization hold true. Whether with paper or computer documents, we must learn to change our environments to support changes in our lives.

There are files on the computer, on the desk and in a filing cabinet. There are names and numbers -- some entered into a smartphone, while others are stashed in a bucket of business cards. The kitchen counter is covered, and you can't figure out if that bill is paid, because you switched to ebilling last month and didn't receive a statement.

"Get organized" is one of the top 10 New Year's resolutions. Despite technology, paper is still the No. 1 challenge for homes and businesses alike. That's why the "paper tiger lady" Barbara Hemphill is back with a new book, "Organizing Paper @Home: What to Toss and How to Find the Rest!"

"Our environments are constantly changing, but the principles of organization hold true," Hemphill said. "Whether with paper or computer documents, we must learn to change our environments to support changes in our lives."

People store documents in their computers, but many still have a pile of papers on the kitchen counter. "Organizing Paper @Home: What to Toss and How to Find the Rest!" examines all papers, documents and files at home and offers a step-by-step look at how to find, sort, organize and categorize them all.

"No one wants to spend hours dealing with the business of life, but there are things we all must accomplish, from paying bills and filing taxes to sorting the photos we take," Hemphill said.
"Using my organizing principles, you can turn your home into a Productive Environment™ where you can accomplish your work and enjoy your life."

The revised edition of Hemphill's bestselling Survival Guide for Life includes a special chapter with tips on how to go Almost Paperless™. Although the promise of a paperless world yet eludes us, Hemphill believes that with the right tools, many can achieve an Almost Paperless™ home office. Best of all, the book is available as a physical version, as well as a downloadable ebook so that readers can find a version that best fits their lifestyle.

The book "Organizing Paper @Home: What to Toss and How to Find the Rest!" also includes:

  •     A retention guide to help you determine how long to keep important documents;
  •     Solutions on how to stop that paper pile before it starts;
  •     Special tips in each chapter to address electronic files, calendars, contact lists and more;
  •     Ideas on organizing time and the calendar;
  •     Suggestions for how to organize digital photos;
  •     Strategies for dealing with a "To Read" pile that's now in print and online;
  •     And much more!

The ebook is now available through Smashwords Publishing, where readers can download it in formats for any computer or ereader device at http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/98938. The book is also available in ebook reader bookstores such as Kindle, Nook, Sony Reader, Palm and Stanza. A physical version can be ordered from Lulu.com at http://bit.ly/organizingpaper.

About Barbara Hemphill
Barbara Hemphill started her organizing career in 1978 with a $7 ad in a New York City newspaper. Today, as the founder of the Productive Environment Institute, she leads an international team of Certified Productive Environment Specialists™. A respected expert in paper, information and time management, and work/life balance, Barbara’s books include Kiplinger’s Taming the Paper Tiger series, Love It or Lose It: Living Clutter-Free Forever, Bushido Business, co-authored by Stephen M.R. Covey, Tom Hopkins, and Brian Tracy, and her 2011 release, Organizing Paper @Home: What to Toss and How to Find the Rest. Spanning a 30-year career on the cutting edge of a growing industry, Barbara has appeared on the Today Show and Good Morning America, in Reader's Digest, USA Today, Kiplinger's Personal Finance, The New York Times, Real Simple, and Guideposts magazine. She is past president of the National Association of Professional Organizers, a winner of the Founder’s Award, and a two-time winner of the President’s Award.

An adventurer as well as an innovator, Barbara has lived in the West Indies, India, New York City, and Washington, DC. While living in India in the 1970’s, she adopted three orphaned children. In addition, her family includes two stepchildren, four grandchildren, and her beloved one-of-a-kind husband Alfred Taylor, with whom she shares their own Productive Environment™ near Raleigh, N.C. Learn more at barbarahemphill.com.

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