Open Loops 11/17/2009: Articles I Think Worth Passing Along

Posted on November 17, 2009 by
Categories: Open Loops
Estimated reading time: 1 minute, 43 seconds

Tuesdays are open loop at SimpleProductivity blog.

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OrganizeIt boils down the reason a lot of people can’t make a productivity system work in “Why ‘Just Do It’ Is Still The Best Productivity Advice”. Life today is full of bumps and potholes. Productivity systems are likened to travel guides. But the doing habit has become increasingly lost in a world which on one hand expects instant results. Just Do It.

SimpleMom gives out “The Best-Kept Secret to a Clean Home”. It’s not really a secret as a strategy to make your life easier: Clean it right away. She talks about things that pile up, but it applies to a lot of other cleaning. If you apply this to general cleaning, your house will never look dirty. For example, cleaning the shower walls every week will be much quicker than waiting a couple of months and going at the build-up with major tools. Messes are easier to clean up when they’re fresh, or before they’re allowed to take on a life of their own. It’s really that simple.

Disorder2Order talks about “Living for today and not the ‘what-ifs’” with respect to clutter. Most people hang on to clutter because it might be needed by someone someday, or they don’t have the best way to dispose of it. The article re-frames the questions, bringing back how the items impact our lives today and not in the future.

Sankofa Song has a unique writing style that really speaks to me on an I-can’t-vocalize-this type of level. “Clutter Clearing For The Soul” gets a great point across: our inner world can be as cluttered as our outer worlds. And he does it in a way that is hopeful and optimistic, and very funny.

The thing that caught me in Simple Mom’s “Tips for an Easier Email Inbox” was “Transform Your Inbox Into A Thing of Beauty”. HUH? My inbox was cluttered, full of I-need-to-do-somethings and but-what-if-someone-needs-something things. I love the reminder: “Very rarely is there an email emergency.” It’s true. If it’s that urgent, someone will call.

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  1. J. says:

    I subscribe to your RSS feed, and the last couple of days only the titles of your posts have appeared in my feed–not the texts of the articles. Is this an intentional change?