Open Loops 12/9/08: Articles I Found Interesting

Posted on December 9, 2008 by
Categories: Open Loops
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Tuesdays are open loop at SimpleProductivity blog.


Photo by knitsteelStepcase Lifehack talks about creating a user manual for life in “I Need a User Manual for My Life! – Stepcase Lifehack“. This would include the information for things you don’t do very often. What would yours contain? Mine would have the instructions on how to light the pilot light in the fireplace; the location of various season decorations; where the hazardous waste disposal is, and what gets sent there; and how to run the year-end computer cleanup.


Lunch Box showed how to freeze ground meat in way that you can get out smaller portions in the article “Speed tip: Make individual portions in freezer bags“. It seems to me that this would be a good way to make meatballs…


Webworker Daily had a set of questions to ask yourself before trying a new application. In “WebWorkerDaily » Archive Sure We’re Busy, But Are We Really Working? «“,

So before you start a review process or create that free trial account, you may want to do the following:

  • Ask yourself if you really need this new application. Are you being lured by the shiny new toy are are you really in need of a change?
  • Use a time tracking service like RescueTime to identify what is taking up the bulk of your day, and then focus your improvement efforts there.
  • See if you can learn to use your existing tools more productively. Identify shortcuts or features you aren’t using to maximum effect. This could be a much more effective use of your time than starting from scratch.

It’s a good thought to keep in mind.


No Impact Man has summed up the world simplest green living tip: Don’t waste. The funny and pointed article can be found at “No Impact Man: The world’s simplest, best, most effective environmental living tip


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