What a Tangled Web We Weave

Is your office or home entertainment system a hopeless mess of cords? Learn how Get-It-Done Guy untangled his.

Stever Robbins,
July 27, 2012

What a Tangled Web We Weave

Shakespeare was a visionary, far ahead of his time. He said we weaved a tangled web, and he'd never even tried to connect my printer, two desktop computers, router, cable modem, uninterruptable power supply, and external hard drive.

This weekend I needed to fix a problem with my cable modem. It easily took an hour to solve a 10-minute problem, because I spent most of my time tracing wires back and forth across the room to figure out what was connected where, and what was safe to unplug.

Knowledge once acquired should never have to be re-acquired! So I grabbed my handy-dandy scotch tape. Each time I traced a cord, I folded a sticky note in half around the cord and taped the note together so it made a little flag attached to the cord (at right). Then I labeled the flag with what the cord leads to. Now, when I need to unplug a cord, it's only a moment's work. Next time, I'm also going to use different colored sticky notes on each device, to make it even easier to recognize at a glance what connects with what.

I'm Stever Robbins. I help organizational leaders master both the business and interpersonal aspects of running an organization. If you want to know more, visit http://www.SteverRobbins.com.

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