Tidbits from the National Organizers Conference

NAPO Virtual Conference Logo. A few tidbits that anyone might find interesting.

This week I attended the annual conference of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO). Given COVID, this year’s event was all virtual. While much of the content was geared toward professionals, I did pick up a few tidbits that anyone might find interesting.

I jumped around to many sessions, so I’m sharing these in no particular order – which isn’t like me at all, but I’m just going to go with the flow. I should also note that I was writing so quickly that I didn’t catch the sources for the various pieces of data.

I invite you to scroll through and see what catches your eye – enjoy!


Moving in the near future? Wondering what to bring and what to get rid of before the move? You might be interested to know that on average, it costs about $1.00/pound to move items with a moving company. When conducting a “pre-move declutter,” use this benchmark to determine whether it is worthwhile to move your items. For instance, a box of canned goods can be more cheaply purchased on the other end.

Another moving thought: when you are moving, consider staying in a hotel on the front and back end of the move. Yes, it costs a bit more money. However, if you can handle the expense, doing this will reduce your stress level and make the whole process more pleasant. In addition to having your “necessary” items in a suitcase by your side, you will be able to sleep in a bed with fresh sheets, use a shower with clean towels, and get a hot cup of coffee and/or breakfast before your day begins. Even better, you can walk away from that room without needing to clean up after yourself.

Remember the phrase, “A picture is worth a thousand words?” This is very true. Apparently delivering a message visually improves recall by 55%. That is a pretty impressive number! If you want someone in your life to remember something, deliver the message with a visual rather than just saying it or writing it in words.

Videos are becoming more and more popular in our digital world. For instance, if you send an email, and include the word “video” in your subject line, recipients are 19% more likely to open it.  Of course, this only works if you actually have a video in your email for them to watch.

Want to be more efficient when working on your electronic device? When you want to “undo” something you’ve typed, just hit Control + Z (Command + Z on a Mac). This will automatically undo your last action. Using a shortcut like this saves you having to access the menu bar and look for the “undo typing” button. Quick and easy!

Our attention spans are getting shorter and shorter. The average person will only watch a video (such as a TikTok or Instagram video) for fewer than two minutes before moving on. Interestingly, we may sit at our devices for as long as two hours watching these videos, but our attention span is limited to under two minutes for each individual clip.

Many of us are watching videos on social media without the sound. In fact, as much as 80% of videos are watched with the “mute” in effect. Are we watching when we shouldn’t be and don’t want those around us to know? Could be!

First impressions are also getting shorter and shorter in length. The average person makes up his mind about someone in 1/10th of a second. When we visit a website, that drops to 1/20th of a second. That doesn’t mean we are making good decisions, but that is another topic.

Technology has become part of how we shop and buy both products and services. Approximately 30% of customers now report that they won’t consider a company who doesn’t have a website. Do you check out websites before making a purchase or hiring a supplier?

More and more, we are living and making choices on our smartphones. It is estimated that somewhere around 42% of web traffic these days comes from mobile devices. Furthermore, 82% of smartphone shoppers are using the “near me” function. Apparently, the days of planning in advance where to eat, shop, and relax are giving way to “in the moment” decision making.

One characteristic of successful people is inherent curiosity, manifesting as a desire to dive deeper and learn more. Successful people often talk about being unsatisfied with the information that has been provided and being willing to ask questions. Are you curious? Do you ever think, “I’d like to know more?”

Want to get better at a new skill? Here’s a formula to try: Watch one -> Do one -> Teach one

Acquiring a new skill begins when we watch someone else perform a task or skill. (On a side note, apparently 72% of us are turning to online videos for this first step these days!) If we want to master a skill, we must then try to perform it ourselves, perhaps with someone coming alongside to supervise and guide us. The best way to then sharpen and cement our expertise is to turn around and teach the skill to someone else.

We are drowning in email. The average person receives 122 emails/day. Since many people are not diligent in deleting these emails, it is not surprising that the average person has 8,024 emails in their inbox. Feel better about your inbox now?

Data theft is real and growing. Last year, 7.8 billion online accounts were breached. Apparently the requirement for complex passwords really is justified. Be on the alert and periodically change your passwords! Not sure how to keep track of your passwords? Password managers (e.g. Lastpass and 1Password) are increasingly popular.


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Did you learn anything that surprised you? Have you heard any fun tidbits of your own recently?