Open Loops 11/24/2009: Articles I Think Worth Passing Along

Posted on November 24, 2009 by
Categories: Open Loops
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Tuesdays are open loop at SimpleProductivity blog.

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Dustin Wax is one of my favorite writers over at Stepcase Lifehack. This article, “Getting Things (Re-)Started: Dealing with Mental Blocks” gives some practical advice on getting un-stuck. The one that I love is “tend to your knitting.” He means it. Literally.

Big Bright Bulb published an article called “What Stupid Looks Like” (WARNING: explicit language). You have to wade down a bit, but the point of the article is “The Bigger Stupid, Defined”: the lack of intention. Far too often in my quest for getting things done, I lose sight of whether or not I intend to do them.

Simple Dollar talks about “The Forgetful Mind”. Since my mind is sieve-like these days, I read this with interest. The thing that gets me is the comment about redundancy. What I am finding as I move through the productivity spectrum (starting back with my Daytimer) is that as the years go on, I need more redundancy. And I need it to happen without much effort on my part. So this is why my Palm Desktop syncs automatically with Google Calendar, and Google Calendar syncs automatically with my iPod Touch, and I have written macros to sync my work calendar and my husband’s calendar with Google Calendar…I need things in multiple places. There’s still one inbox, but technology magically disperses it to where I need it.

Jonathan Fields ran a funny but pointed article in “97 Ways to Build Traffic Without Resorting to Dumbass List Posts”. For those of you who blog out there, you might find some interesting points (I did). For those of you who don’t, the suggestions should get you smiling (like “Run an Ironman Triathlon and tweet every minute of the entire race.” and “Follow a guy running an Ironman who’s tweeting every minute and tweet about how he’s tweeting every minute.”)

SmallNotebook, one of my recent finds, has a good point about the perfect example of workspaces and homes in magazines in “Simple Living Myth: Real Life is Real Simple”: “these magazines are for entertainment, not for new standards of living”.

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Comments (1)


  1. Crystal says:


    Thanks for including me in your list. I’m looking forward to reading all the others you listed, especially the one about the workspace examples in magazines.

    The images in Real Simple and BH&G are as silly as Pottery Barn or Crate & Barrel catalogs. My desk could be as tidy and bare as those, but only rarely and not for long :)