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Get Organized Now! NEWSLETTER
By Maria Gracia
May 27, 2017

  Today's Feature

Dealing with Life's Little Annoyances

Out of these listed, which one is the most annoying to you? We asked our GON readers to respond and here are the results:

10% Paper cuts...ouch!

26% When someone keeps interrupting you

1% Tangled earbud wires

17% When you're in a hurry and the computer starts updating

23% Sitting in the waiting room AFTER your appointment time

19% I can't decide...all of the above

4% I don't find any of these irritating at all

Now, let's tackle each one by one:

Avoiding paper cuts: First off, ouch! For something so small, paper cuts can be quite painful. If you find yourself with paper cuts more often than you'd like, next time you have to rifle through a ton of paper...

* Apply some thick handcream to your hands...the oils in the hand cream can help prevent these cuts

* Wear those old-fashioned finger guards. In my book, they're still in style!

* Go paperless. The less paper you have, the less likely the cuts.

When someone keeps interrupting you: First, know that while some people do this on purpose (sort of a bully), others do it without even realizing it. Be patient. Here are three strategies:

* Politely ask to finish what you're saying. 'Before you continue, please allow me to get what I'm saying out before I forget to say it.' In other words, interrupt the interrupter.

* Keep talking. In some cases, this disarms the interrupter and they'll stop and allow you to continue.

* Before you begin speaking, say, 'I have something very important to convey. Please let me get it all out before you respond so I don't lose my train of thought, and then I will look forward to your perspective.' This helps set the stage for deeper listening.

Tangled earbud wires: Most of us are busy and one of the last things we need is to have to waste time untangling earbud wires. Here's how to prevent them getting tangled in the first place:

* Tie them correctly. The video on this link shows exactly how to do it properly:

* For a super-easy solution, simply place your earbud cords in a prescription bottle, a travel-sized Q-tip container, or an empty Altoid tin

* Cut grooves into an old credit card and wrap them around it...just like you'd do for Christmas lights around cardboard

When you're in a hurry and the computer stars updating: Arrrggghhhh! Yes, definitely a big pain. Here are some ways to combat this problem:

* Configure Windows when you want the updates to happen, like overnight. Of course, you'll have to leave your computer on for this to happen.

* Don't do anything in a hurry. Look up or print what you need hours before you need it, rather than minutes.

* There are other devices available these days. Switch to another computer or use another device to access what you need.

Sitting in the waiting room after your appointment time: You have an're on time for your appointment...but you find yourself waiting for the doctor, dentist, client, friend, or whoever to see you. Here are some things you can do.

* Try your hardest to get the very first, or very earliest, appointment of the day. As the day goes on, and especially if there are appointments ahead of yours, the chances of your appointment being delayed increases.

* Use that waiting time to do something else, like catching up on email, writing out a few greeting cards, or catching up on your reading.

* Call ahead before your appointment to be sure the person you're seeing a) remembers the appointment and b) is running 'on time.' Sometimes, like at a hair appointment for instance, the hair dresser may let you know she's running 15 minutes behind, giving you the opportunity to arrive a bit later than your appointment time.

* If there is a receptionist present, let this person know you're well past your appointment time. They may have forgotten about you. If it becomes chronic with the person or organization you're visiting, consider not returning.

If you responded, 'all of the above,' practicing meditation and stress- relieving techniques, in addition to the other solutions, may be a good option for you.

If you responded, 'none of the above,' good for you! You probably have the lowest stress and blood pressure in town.

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  In Closing

When you can't control what's happening, challenge yourself to control the way you respond to what's happening. That's where your power is. --Unknown

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Maria Gracia
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