Open Loops 1/11/2011: Articles I Think Worth Passing Along

Tuesdays are open loop days at SimpleProductivity blog.

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Parenting can quickly devolve into a series of instructions. Stepcase Lifehack has an article that talks about how to put some more fun into it at “How ‘Fun’ Can Be Your Best Discipline Technique”

On a day when the post-holiday season struck hard, I ran across this article on “5 Sure-Fire Ways To Enjoy Every Day Of Your Life” over at Dumb Little Man. What a refreshing read after so many weeks of holiday drivel!

An interesting technique in getting through a task: use your teapot as a timer, and don’t allow yourself coffee or tea until you get through the task. From Lifehacker’s “Use Your Teapot as a Productivity-Boosting Timer”.

My mother always prints out photos at home. I rarely do, because I think it’s too expensive. Lifehacker highlighted a spreadsheet that tells when it is best to print at home or at a service. From “Spreadsheet Tells You Whether to Print Photos at Home or Order Out”.

A great article on how to break down tasks into manageable chunks. It attracted my attention because I would approach quilting the way she did… from Get Organized Now’s “Breaking Large Projects Down”.

This list of online productivity boosters had me wishing I used a Mac. It would be great to have my computer work for me instead of against me in the battle for attention. From The 99 Percent’s “10 Online Tools for Better Attention & Focus”.

Fake it til you make it. This has been said to me over and over as I try to cure myself of various shortcomings. Pick The Brain has a great article on five ways to fake it at “How To Fake It Till You Make It (Try Not To Laugh At Number 4!) “

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