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What Are Today's Interesting Finds? - v1

Next steps are the focus for March. This month winter will transition to spring. On Sunday we move our clocks forward. We’ll trade piles of snow for new blooms. With all these thoughts of transitions, change, and next, I’m excited to introduce today the new blog feature, “What’s Interesting?” I'm sharing my latest discoveries that inform, educate, and relate to organizing and life balance. I look forward to your feedback, participation, and additions. Enjoy round one of fun, inspiring, and interesting finds.



What's Interesting? . . . 


1. Interesting Read - Habits

If you haven’t already read The Power of Habit – Why we do what we do and how to change by Charles Duhigg, I highly recommend it. Duhigg writes about the three-step habit process (cue, routine, reward,) and also how to alter unproductive and unhealthy habits. Identifying and changing “keystone” habits can have a positive domino effect, which automatically change other habits.   






2. Interesting Resource – Photo Organizing

One of my colleagues, Dr. April Lane Benson, recently told me about MyPublisher, a website where you can easily create high quality photo albums from your digital photos. I tried it, and was blown away by the quality, ease of use, customization options, and excellent customer service.




3. Interesting New Book – Chronic Disorganization

Just released this month, The ICD Guide to Collaborating with Professional Organizers, edited by Phyllis Floor Knerr, CPO-CD®, is an important addition to the organizing industry. It includes articles by 57 industry experts (including me) about chronic disorganization, what trained professional organizers do, building successful collaborations, and collaboration case studies. The only book like it in our industry, this is a must read for all professionals working with the chronically disorganized population.




4. Interesting Product – Planner

There are many ways to organize our time and plans. Especially for those that need a home-based system, prefer paper, are visually and tactilely oriented, the Post-it® Notes Weekly Planner could be a great addition. Color can be used to code events, people or activities. Sticky notes allow for easy movement and alterations. It’s a flexible planning system. 



5. Interesting Tech - Scent

We experience our world through our senses of sight, sound, touch, taste, and scent. Our productivity can be enhanced or not by understanding how they can work with us. For example, using color can instantly help us recognize categories or brewing a pot of coffee can be the indicator that it’s time to start working. A new gadget being developed is the oPhone, which allows users to send and receive fragrances such as flowers, coffee, and fruit tarts along with their text messages. I’m curious how the oPhone will influence how we work and relax.



6. Interesting Thought - Next

We can make excuses or we can move ahead anyway. Just take one small step towards next, even if you’re not sure. Experiment. Discover. Stay curious.






I’d love to hear your thoughts. Do you like this new feature? Would you like to see it continued? What was most interesting to you? Do you have anything you’d like to add? Come join the conversation. All feedback is welcome.

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Reader Comments (14)

Thanks for sharing those products and books, I'm already making my must to read book list and find this post helpful. Thanks Again Linda.

March 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNacho Eguiarte

Nacho- So glad you found the resources useful. This style of post is new for me. Would you like to see more like these?

March 4, 2014 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Love the planner! I have used it with several clients and find they love it too!

I love the idea of sharing fresh ideas, products, books and inspiration!

March 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterEllen Delap

Thanks, Linda! I hadn't seen the Post-It weekly planner before. I think one of my clients might find it very helpful. I appreciate your sharing this information with us! I, too, am intrigued by the possible use of sending scents....

March 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDiane Quintana

Thanks so much for adding to the conversation! I'm grateful for your feedback and participation.

@Ellen- Great to know that you've successfully used the planner with several clients. I love the flexibility it offers. I also appreciate the "thumbs up" for the feature. Great encouragement for me to continue with it.

@Diane- Happy to source something that could be helpful for one of your clients. Ellen mentioned that several of her clients have used it with good success. All promising. The sending scents IS "intriguing." I remember imagining this several years ago, wondering if it was even possible. Looks like they figured it out. Amazing!

March 5, 2014 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

I love the new idea, Linda. Sharing our unique discoveries is a great use of time:) I think I'll look into #2, and I am a big believer in #6. You don't have to see the end of the journey, just walk through the next door. Charles Duhigg is terrific - I just did a library presentation on habits and I quoted him. Happy Wednesday!

March 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSeana Turner

Seana- Thank you for your enthusiasm about the new feature. Let me know what you think of MyPublisher after you try it. I can't say enough good things about it and know I'll use and recommend it many times. I'm with you 100% on the "move forward" anyway idea. One small step encourages the next one even when we're unsure. Very cool about your presentation about habits. Discovered many interesting things about how our brains and bodies develop habits (healthy and not so healthy ones.)

March 5, 2014 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Linda, what a fun series! Thanks for sharing! Thanks also for the reminder of the promise of spring which I really needed today!

March 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea Sharb

Andrea- Thanks for stopping by and for your positive words. With all this snow and cold we all need that small reminder that warm, growth, and new beginnings are soon to arrive. Last night we went out dancing to a local Mardi Gras gig where my husband was playing. It was so much fun. Everyone was talking about how ready they were for winter to end and spring to arrive. We all felt energized to get out after hibernating all these months.

March 5, 2014 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

I love the new feature, and can't wait to explore a few of these links. Thanks Linda.

March 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAlys Milner

Great finds, Linda! I recently heard about the "Habits" book from another source as well. Guess I need to add it to my list! I am excited to check out the photo publishing site. I currently use Shutterfly and would be happy to explore something new.

Scented text messages...I am not sure I am ready for it!

March 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNettie Owens

Great "hearing" your lovely voices!

@Alys- So glad you like the new feature. Would love to know what you discover after exploring some of the links. Have fun!

@Nettie- Ahhh. Looks like "The Power of Habits" has your name on it. Isn't it funny when something keeps appearing. A call to explore, right? Since you use Shutterfly, I'm especially curious to know how you think it compares to MyPublisher. And yes…scented text messages definitely not for everyone.

March 6, 2014 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Great post! Love the quick tidbits idea. I preach a lot about habits on my blog too. I had jaw surgery 6 days ago and will eat through a straw for 6 weeks. The best part is, as an organizer, I love to prepare! So I changed my diet in advance. Got used to eating less and it made all the difference. So far, the pain has been manageable and I'm learning to sip from a cup. I tell you all this because the next 2 months I "must" slow down and heal. Creating the habit to slow down the last few months has been a blessing.
My favorite smell was my popcorn scratch and sniff stickers when I was in grade 6.
Love your posts Linda!

March 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKelly Hipkin

Kelly- I'm so sorry to hear about your jaw surgery. It sounds like you're doing everything you need to manage the pain and take care of you. I love how you've identified "slowing down" as a habit. I never considered it from that perspective. How lucky that your writing background about habits and natural inclination as an organizer to prepare has positioned you in an especially good place to heal and get better. Sending get well wishes and wonderful scents (popcorn & more) to you.

March 10, 2014 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

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