Tips for Staying Organized


In my upcoming State of the Art column, in the Dec. 2015/Jan. 2016 issue of Professional Artist magazine, I interviewed technology writer Jill Duffy, who’s an expert on digital organization and productivity, and who’s also written a book called Get Organized: How to Clean Up Your Messy Digital Life.

She also has an incredibly useful Get Organized column on, which includes a vast array of useful tips for getting organized. Here’s are just a few columns that I found extremely helpful:

How Scanning Apps Keep You Organized

In this column, Duffy begins by providing several scenarios on why scanning mobile apps can be incredibly important, with uses such as backing up important documents and scanning business cards. She then points out what to look for in such an app, and recommends five.

Don’t Let Digital Clutter Ruin Your Life

In this brilliant Q&A, Duffy interviews author June Saruwatari, whose book Behind the Clutter: Truth. Love. Meaning. Purpose. explores many types of clutter, from emotional to physical to digital, and delves into the cost of clutter in our lives.

5 Apps to Whip Your Inbox Into Shape

What I love about Duffy’s columns, like this one, is that even when she’s writing about something as seemingly mundane as an email inbox, she’s still entertaining. In this column, she explains that “keeping up with email is an ongoing battle for many people. But there are a number of email clients and related services that can help you manage your mail without losing your marbles.”

To check out a listing of all her columns, go to:

Terry Sullivan is the former editor of Professional Artist magazine and the former technical editor at American Artist magazine. He currently is an editor at Consumer Reports, where he covers digital cameras, camcorders, smart phones, printers and digital imaging. He is also an artist and musician. Follow him on Twitter: @TerryCR.