The Economics of Clutter

The Economics of Clutter

Hey everyone, Barbara Hemphill here again!  I am thrilled to share the backstory of one of my favorite speeches, “Pay Me Now – or Pay Me Later…” Let’s delve into the economics of clutter and why information management matters for effective leaders.  The inspiration for this speech comes from the stark reality revealed by research […]

File Indexing

File Indexing

Hey there! I am Barbara Hemphill, and I want to share a behind-the-scenes look at how the concept of the File Index evolved into a revolutionary solution for managing information.  In 1978, when I first began organizing filing systems in homes, I quickly learned that one of the significant challenges was sharing a filing system.  […]

7 information management questions every organization should ask! 


Hey there! I’m Barbara Hemphill, and I want to take you on a journey into the heart of a passion that has been brewing in me for years. The world of business is changing, and it’s crucial for your company’s success that your employees are ready to adapt. As companies face workforce cutbacks and an […]

Caging The Paper Tiger

Paper Tiger

Hello, everyone! Barbara Hemphill here, and I’m thrilled to take you on a journey behind the scenes of my speech at the ASAE’s 10th Management Conference back in December 1992. Buckle up, because we’re diving into the world of “Caging the Paper Tiger: Filing Systems That Work!” In this speech, I open up about my […]

Make Your Workspace Work for You

It’s simple to forget that our immediate, physical surroundings have a significant impact on our productivity and well-being in a world of digitization and virtual environments. The environment we operate in frequently reflects our mental condition. An unorganized workspace can result in an unorganized mind, yet an orderly setting can promote clarity and creativity. We […]

Design Your Vision

Many individuals frequently disregard numerous details in their everyday environment. Design your vision and take a moment to survey your surroundings at this instant. You may realize that familiarity has rendered numerous items invisible. This phenomenon emerges due to your brain’s tendency to filter out these elements, causing them to lose their significance in your […]

Achieving Clarity: The Importance of Active Perception

Achieving Clarity: A while ago, I wrote a blog post called “Note to Self: Nix the Ostrich Method” in which I said that I was worried and put off my weekly review because of it. At that time, completing two consecutive weekly reviews felt like an unprecedented accomplishment, even though it might not sound like […]

The Clutter Campaign: Design Your Vision

Many people struggle with clutter because they lack a clear vision of their ideal environment for themselves, their family, and their work. Without a personalized picture of what they want, they can be easily swayed by conflicting external ideas that do not align with their unique needs, goals, dreams, and preferences. When individuals observe media […]

5 Ways to Create a Faith-Filled Workspace

Your workspace is more than just a place to work; it can also be a space to nurture your faith and spiritual growth. By incorporating faith into our workspace, we can stay grounded in our beliefs and draw strength from them, no matter what obstacles come our way. It’s essential to recognize that faith is […]

Do You Like To Keep SOME Papers?

Recently, I wrote about 7 ways to eliminate paper from your workspace, but it seems that many people still like to keep some papers. When the concept of going “paperless” started gaining popularity, I, as an organizing and productivity consultant, thought it was important to embrace it. I tried my best to go paperless, but […]