Open Loops 11/14/2014


On Fridays I pull the best of my blog readings to share with readers. Topics can come from anywhere, and cover anything. This week I highlight articles on keeping things from sliding between seats; Excel templates for productivity; a news reader that forces you out of your ‘bubble'; the best reasons to quit your job; hipster money-saving techniques; and cheap Halloween costumes (plan now!)


Information In Too Many Places? Simplify!


One of my readers askend me to address the question of what to do when you have information in too many places. She said she had notebooks everywhere, plus all her email accounts, plus sticky notes scribbled on and stuck all over her house and office. She said she lost things constantly, missed appointments, and misplaced valuable notes and information.

So today we will look at having information in too many places.


Boost Your Productivity: Designing A Calendar System


This month we are taking a look at creating systems. We talked about the basics of systems, and the steps in Boost Your Productivity: Understanding Systems. Today we will look at creating a system from scratch. Our first example will be a calendar system. (By necessity of brevity, I am only tackling calendars. Your homework is to expand this to other destinations of information)