Open Loops 3/9/2010: Articles I Think Worth Passing Along

Posted on March 9, 2010 by
Categories: Open Loops
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Tuesdays are open loop at SimpleProductivity blog.


Photo by Mike Boehmer

Too many people think organizing is too easy or too hard. Simple Mom had a great article“7 Organizing Myths Debunked”. The three I think most important and most overlooked: “Once you organize your home, it just stays that way,” “A good organizing system will work for anyone,” and “There is a right way and a wrong way to organize.”


Digital photos are starting to get out of hand at my house. With three people taking photos, and them all ending up on my hard drive, things are getting ugly. Small Notebook’s “How to Organize Digital Photos (the easy way)” has some great tips and a great reminder: “The best tool for organizing your digital photos is the delete button.”


Most list of time-wasters at work include the internet. Not so at Unclutterer’s “Three time-wasting traps at work”. These three actually were brand new to me. And very potent reminders.


I keep looking for a way to get my daughter’s toys under control. I have yet to be successful. A succinct guide to the most popular methods is at Unclutterer: “Keeping children’s toys from overwhelming a room”. My daughter simply doesn’t want to let go of the junk. Sigh.


I’ve been working on not pushing against the river in many areas of my life. Zen Habits has a great take on how to manage the noise of life: stillness. It can be a way to push back against the buzz of the world, to take control. From “Stillness is a Powerful Action”.


The 4 Hour Work Week chafed me in many ways. Zen Habits has an article that talks about the antithesis at “9 Unconventional Steps to a Thriving, “Very Small” Business”. I’ve never wanted to work from an exotic beach. This makes being in business for myself much more do-able.


Dr. Pepper’s 10-2-4 rule is applied to focus management at Everyday Simplicity’s “Time Management Tip: Returning Calls, Emails, and Text Messages on Your Schedule, Not Theirs”. Summed up: “Constantly reacting to your phone – voice mail, text, email – can have you bouncing through a day like the small white ball in a pinball machine. ” Set a schedule and forget about the rest.


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  4. Justin says:

    Thanks for the post- I gotta say those are some nice articles you recommended! I actually posted a few of the links on my site too.