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What Are Today's Interesting Finds? - v2

In March, I introduced a new blog feature, “What’s Interesting? to share my latest discoveries that inform, educate, and relate to organizing and life balance. Round two of this feature includes fun, inspiring, and interesting time-related finds, which reflect this month’s blog theme. You're such an engaged group. I look forward to your feedback, participation, and additions to the collection I've sourced for you. What do you find interesting?



What’s Interesting? . . .

1. Interesting Read - Focus

On route to Phoenix last month for the NAPO conference, I discovered The One Thing – The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results by Gary Keller. He begins the book with a Russian proverb that highlights his message, “If you chase two rabbits you will not catch either one.” Keller shares strategies for focusing your time and energy around doing the one thing that’s most important. He says, “...extraordinary results are directly determined by how narrow you can make your focus.” 





2. Interesting Resource – Time Saver

This online resource,, saves you time and pays you money upfront for your used designer clothing and accessories that you want to sell. After providing you with a quote, they’ll send you a box with pre-paid shipping label, making the process quick and easy.



3. Interesting Conference – Disorganization

The Institute for Challenging Disorganization’s (ICD) annual conference is September 18-20, 2014 in Nashville TN. Organizing and related professionals from all over the world will gather to learn from each other and industry leaders including ADHD expert Russell A. Barkley, Ph.D. and organizing pioneer, Judith Kolberg. Sessions include topics such as hoarding, ADHD, coaching, decision-making, and the latest research on chronic disorganization.



4. Interesting Product – Timer

I am a long-standing fan of Time Timer products. The timers, which have a visual time-elapsing display are available in electronic and physical versions. My favorite product is the 3” square timer, which I use for speaking, coaching, and teaching. At the NAPO conference, Time Timer introduced new options...colored cases instead of just black. I bought the turquoise timer and used it just this week for a coaching session with one of my clients.



5. Interesting Thought - Start

We only have so much time in a day, week, year or lifetime to accomplish our dreams. Why procrastinate or stress any longer? Start today. Now is all we have.








I’d love to hear your thoughts. What are your interesting finds? Do any of these resonate with you?  Come join the conversation!

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Reader Comments (14)

Love this new resource CashInMyBag! I 'll have to check it out!

June 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterEllen Delap

@Ellen- Let me know what you think once you've checked it out. They sure have simplified the other side of the letting go process. Once a decision has been made, they provide a great incentive for closing the loop.

June 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Samuels

I just learned about CashInMyBag as well... very neat idea! For getting organized this summer in the garage, I'm a fan of a locally developed product called "Stick Storage" ( Simple solution for all of those athletic sticks (or lawn tools) and comes in a variety of colors.

June 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSeana Turner

Here's an interesting one: Rent frock Repeat. Men have been renting special occasion wear for decades - why should women pay through the teeth for something they'll only wear once? (I haven't tried it, but I do love the concept.)

June 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Barclay

@Seana- So funny that you also just learned about CashInMyBag. Guess they're doing some great marketing, right? Thanks for sharing the cool "stick storage" product. I just checked it out. It's simple and Oh, So Colorful! Love it!

@Janet- Wow! Another great resource. I never heard of Rent Frock Repeat. It's fabulous! The concept is wonderful. And again, it looks like they've figured out how to offer top notch service. That's essential. Great share!

@Aby- Happy to know you like the list. I just finished Keller's book and highly recommend it. While I bought the Time Timer in that awesome turquoise, it also came in this springy bright green, which was fabulous too. So fun!

June 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Samuels

Great list Linda! #1 looks very interesting indeed. #4 - love, love the color! And I love the photo (and message) with #5!

June 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAby Garvey

love all your suggestions Linda. Especially Cash in my Bag. Try looking into Like Twice. They are a wonderful site for "mall" brands. You can send your clothing as well as shop on their site too.

June 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie Josel

Leslie- Another great resource. I just checked out Like Twice and am interested in learning more. It's great that you can both shop and sell on their site. So many clever ways of letting go. Thanks for joining the conversation and sharing this one with us. Fabulous!

June 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Samuels

I'll borrow two things from your post Linda

“If you chase two rabbits you will not catch either one.” as a great phrase to remind me keeping my focus on what I love.

"Now is all we have." Not only to avoid procrastination, also to fuel my mind and make every day count.

June 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNacho Eguiarte

I love this post Linda, I'll have to check out cash in my bag!
I've used "Rent the Runway" as a great way to dress fabulous for a fraction of the price.
I love my timeTimer, it is a great tool for organizing, I love that hip color :)
The ICD conference is going to be a great event, I can't wait to see you all there!

June 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRachel Seavey

Love the tip on the book, Linda! Will definitely check it for my summer reads. :-)

June 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterHelena Alkhas

So wonderful that you joined the conversation!

@Nacho- How lovely that you highlighted two "internal" resources. Having certain words or phrases can be so useful in lifting us up or keeping us focused on our priorities. Glad this pair worked for you.

@Rachel- Thanks so much for sharing another great resource: Rent the Runway! I checked it out and it's Oh, So Wonderful! It's also easy to navigate and add specific parameters like body type, occasion, size. Glad to meet another Time Timer fan. I'm really enjoying the turquoise one. Adds a fun or joyful element to time tracking. Thrilled that you'll be going to ICD conference! Can't wait to see you there.

@Helena- So glad that "The One Thing" looks like a good "summer" read for you. There are many gems in it. I'd love to hear what you think after you read it.

June 17, 2014 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

I love the Time Timer. What a brilliant idea! It would be a great tool for my coaching sessions. I don't like looking at the clock when I work with people but this timer makes it easy to keep track of time. I think I'll share it with Neal too. As a special ed teacher he may find it useful.

Narrowing my focus and starting today, resonate deeply with me. I'm a big picture thinker and I resist narrowing my focus but, let's face it, I can get lost and distracted.

So, starting today I'll do my best to practice narrowing my focus:-)) How does that sound?

Thank you again for such a thought provoking post. You rock.


June 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterYota Schneider

Yota- Another Time Timer fan! One of the things I love about the timer is that it's quiet...there's no ticking sound. And you have the option to turn off the "beep" when the time is up. So for those that are working towards being more time aware, it's a great way of training someone. I'm sure that Neal will find it as a great tool working with students.

And narrowing the focus...yes! Keller's book really drives that point and benefit home. A great read!

June 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Samuels

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