Leave a Tip, Please!
April 27, 2007
If you haven’t figured it out by now, I love little techniques, short cuts, routines, and tips that help me get jobs done faster, better, and easier.
But I know I’m not the only out there with unique steps that make life run smoother. You all are geniuses, too. So now it’s your turn to share your tips.
Before you go diving for the comment button, hold on! Here’s how we’ll do it. For the next month, please EMAIL me any tips you’d love to share with the rest of us. Send me tips on things related to organizing, shopping, cleaning, reading faster, selling your manuscript for millions of dollars — I mean, anything you want. I’ll pick a date to post your idea so I can tell everyone how brilliant you are and so we can talk about that tip individually. I’ll let you know ahead of time when your tip will run.
I haven’t yet put my email on the blog because, first, this lovely blog is still a work in progress (as you can tell by my sidebar difficulties) and second because I don’t know how to do it without getting spammed to death. Let’s see if this technique keeps the bad guys away. Send it to me at sallybradleywrites AT gmail dot com.
Here’s an example of what I’m looking for. This tip just hit me two weeks ago while I was shopping at Walmart. I still hadn’t cleaned out my purse from vacation so it was filled with receipts and paper things like that. Ugh. Irritating how those things reproduce in a purse, isn’t it?
I do save most of our receipts, so I always stick my receipts in the bag so that when I get home and put items away, I come across the receipt and put it away, too. (That’s not the tip, but it’s free if you want it.)
Anyway, I was holding my 3×5 card shopping list in one hand and as I put the receipt in the bag, it dawned on me that I should put the shopping list in the bag, too.
Because those things stay forever in my purse once I put it in there. If I put it in the shopping bag, then when I get home I can leave the list in the bag and it will go in the trash when I throw the bag away. (If you recycle bags, this’ll work, too, because you’ll still come across the piece of paper and have to deal with it.)
So there you have it, a little step to keeping your purse a tad cleaner. If you throw receipts away, putting the receipt in the bag will get it in the trash or recycle bin that much faster, too.
I’m wearing a happy grin just thinking about how much cleaner my purse will be — well, after I clean it out to begin with, I guess. Am I weird for loving these tips? Probably. But if they make my life easier, who cares, right?
Have any friends who are great at this kind of thing? Send them over. I’ll have a prize (something yet unthought of; think, Sally!) for the tip I like the most.
So bring on the tips!
- Don’t forget to leave a comment before the end of April for a chance to win Sharon Dunn’s Death of a Garage Sale Newbie or a free critique from Affordable Novel Critique Services (specify in the comment if you’d like to win the critique).
- Monday — the perfect collection?