Open Loops 3/3/2010: Articles I Think Worth Passing Along

Posted on March 3, 2010 by
Categories: Open Loops
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Today is a special edition of open loops at SimpleProductivity blog.

Photo by Sam Ilic

Another haiku about Productivity can be found at Skelliewag’s “Productivity in 11 Words”.

A step-by-step process for getting your inbox pared down can be found at Lifehacker’s “Empty Your Inbox with the Trusted Trio “. This is a modification of the Merlin Mann method, but it is very simple and straightforward.

Zen Habits also tackled the email issue in “Email Sanity: How to Clear Your Inbox When You’re Drowning”. This is a step-by-step getting-through-the-backlog method.

I’ve always been good at leaving time to get to places, but Lifehacker talks about other buffers I hadn’t considered in “Why You Need More Buffers In Your Schedule”. This is a good practice: I am always feeling behind as I get to work and have nothing planned out. Building time into events is a good way to get yourself back on track without being overwhelmed.

It comes down to the basics in “Don’t Try This at Home: The Organizing Tip that Won’t Help You” over at SmallNotebook. The quote: “if you need a catalog of your stuff to remember what you have, then you have too much.” It’s not about making lists. It’s about paring down.

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Comments (2)


  1. Rachel says:

    Thanks so much for the links LJ. I really needed to read the ones about managing email today.

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