Archive for March, 2013

Open Loops 3/29/2013: Articles I Think Worth Passing Along

Posted on March 29, 2013 by

On Fridays I pull the best of my blog readings — my open loops — to share with readers. Topics can come from anywhere, and cover anything. This week I highlight articles about working smarter, cake pans, getting more time, internal conversations and the language we use to ourselves, keeping bags sane, and Mark Forster’s latest system.

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The Simple IKEA Charging Station

Posted on March 27, 2013 by

Reader Rachel asked for a picture of the charging station I mentioned in a recent article. Here is my simple IKEA charging station, with explanations of how I made it.

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Simplifying Productivity: The Back Burner Method

Posted on March 25, 2013 by

So once again I found myself overwhelmed. I tried micro-tasking, and that helped break through tasks that had been stalled. But the target list was still more than half-unfinished at the end of the week. I decided to put things on the back burner.

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Open Loops 3/22/2013: Articles I Think Worth Passing Along

Posted on March 22, 2013 by

On Fridays I pull the best of my blog readings — my open loops — to share with readers. Topics can come from anywhere, and cover anything. This week I talk about slicing soft cheese, things not to say to your kids, a great collection of lifehacks, cleaning your desk for productivity, some generalities that lead to truth, reading before bed without getting sucked in, clearing your mind, and money lessons from Girl Scout cookies.

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Getting Things Done By Making Tasks Ridiculously Simple

Posted on March 20, 2013 by

One of the issues I ran into when I was trying to get my time choices back in sync was that my target list seemed too daunting.

My task list needed an overhaul in conjunction with my time schedule.

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Getting A Handle On Time

Posted on March 18, 2013 by

It’s only taken me 5 months to realize it, but I am struggling with the new work situation in my home. 5 months ago I started a new job, which requires a 30-45 minute drive each way. The same day, my husband started a new job 3 hours from our home, which means he stays in an apartment and we see him late Friday evening to Sunday evening.

I thought I was doing fine. But during a particularly busy week, I realized I wasn’t getting things done.

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Open Loops 3/15/2013: Articles I Think Worth Passing Along

Posted on March 15, 2013 by

On Fridays I pull the best of my blog readings — my open loops — to share with readers. Topics can come from anywhere, and cover anything. This week I talk about keeping salt and sugar in-clumped, scheduling text messages, simplification rituals, burying tasks, and cleaning the washing machine.

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If Money Can fix It, It’s Not Really A Problem

Posted on March 13, 2013 by

Everyone complicates their lives, myself included. And when we do that, we lose sight of what really is important.

I’m going to share a true story right now. I have changed the names, though.

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