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What Are Today's Interesting Finds? - v4

It’s time for another installment (v4) of the What’s Interesting? feature where I share my latest discoveries that inform, educate, and relate to organizing and life balance. I’ve included unique and inspiring change-related finds, which reflect this month’s blog theme. You’re a wonderfully engaged group. I look forward to your participation and additions to the collection I’ve sourced for you. What do you find interesting?





What’s Interesting? . . .


1. Interesting Read – Growth

Not a new book, but one I’m currently reading, Dr. Carol Dweck in Mindset proposes that developing a growth mindset instead of a fixed one can profoundly influence how you live your life. “The growth mindset is based on the belief that your basic qualities are things you can cultivate through your efforts…everyone can change and grow through application and experience.” With our focus this month on change, starting by looking within is emphasized by the concepts in Dweck’s book. 




2. Interesting App – Digital Coach

When change is what you seek, but the door feels locked, consider using the app Unstuck, an “in-the-moment” digital coach. It helps those who feel stuck move forward through a series of thought-provoking questions, tips and action tools.






3. Interesting Assessment – Time & Space

How can we change how we organize and manage our time without awareness, acceptance, and relevant action? Take a look at the newly released Time & Space Style Inventory (TSSITM) created by entrepreneur mentor and speaker, Cena Block. If you want to understand your “natural styles” for managing time and organizing space and for moving forward, this assessment is an excellent starting point for real change.




4. Interesting Product – Organizing

If you’re looking to change your daily getting-dressed-experience from stressful to easy, you’ll want to experiment with this clever tool created by professional organizer, Susan Terkanian. My Wardrobe Genius is a low-tech tool described as a “personal clothing management assistant,” that helps you assess and sort your clothes so only items that fit and make you feel great are visible and ready for use.




5. Interesting Thought - Change

Integral to change is our movement away from the familiar. While fear is often associated with change, we have the ability to adopt the perspective that change as an exciting opportunity.





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 (16)

Thank you for sharing these interesting tools, Linda. I'm fascinated to learn more about the app - Unstuck. I think that may be a valuable quick resource for some of my clients. I'm also interested in learning more about My Wardrobe Genius. It would be great to have a tool to help make the getting dressed process an easy less stressful experience!

February 3, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDiane Quintana

Hi Diane! Glad you like the latest finds. Unstuck is a great app for decision-making and moving forward. Sometimes we need a little help, right? I don't know if you had a chance to meet Susan Terkanian, creator of My Wardrobe Genius at last year's NAPO conference, but she's fabulous. It's as if she created this product for the CD population. ICDers will love this! It's a very gentle, yet effective tool for organizing and sorting our clothing.

February 3, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Samuels

Thank you Linda for sharing this findings, I'll make time to look at them closely.
Love the Socrates' quote

February 3, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterNacho Eguiarte

I love innovation. It isn't easy to create something new, but the worst that can happen is learning, which isn't too bad! New solutions like these can be just what someone needs to snap out of an unhealthy pattern and make a fresh start.

February 3, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSeana Turner

So great to "hear" your voices!

@Nacho- I'm a quote collector. I have a running list on my computer and also on my Oh, So Thoughts! Pinterest board, which is where I found store the Socrates quote. Glad you like it.

@Seana- Change isn't always simple, is it? And sometimes we just need some support along the way to make different choices, get past unstuck, or shift our perspective. The tools I've shared can help with many of those.

February 3, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Samuels

I love the book Mindset. The other items look like great resources. Thanks for adding to my knowledge base!

February 3, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterCameron Gott

Linda - as always you provide such a wonderful, thoughtful space. Thank you for featuring the Time & Space Style Inventory in this post. I'm honored to have your endorsement for the assessment tool. It is helping MANY people accept themselves for who they are, and start exactly where they are to create solutions for living. Hugs. - Cena

Linda, I would be interest in the Mindset book, I am always looking to learn something new, even about myself. I love quotes as well. I have started posting a weekly quote to start my week, the thoughts generated from it generally carries through the rest of the week.

February 3, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJill Robson

Great to hear your wonderful voices!

@Cam- I haven't finished "Mindset" yet, but I'm completely hooked. The idea is so powerful. I remember the power of adopting "growth" vs. "performance" agenda when going through the Coaching classes with you. It made all the difference. And that idea is related strongly to what Dweck writes about.

@Cena- Many thanks for your kind words. I'm so happy to have the opportunity to share your new, great assessment tool with this community. I know they'll be excited about learning more. Love how "accepting" who you are is built into the tool. Fabulous!

@Jill- Let me know what you think after reading "Mindset." I'm really enjoying it. Always happy to connect with a fellow quote appreciator. What is your favorite one this week?

February 3, 2015 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

My favourite quote this week I posted.
I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear. - Nelson Mandela

February 3, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJill Robson

Hi Linda,
I am so honored to be included among this esteemed group; thank you!

I also appreciate the opportunity to share a little more about My Wardrobe Genius. Frankly, there is absolutely nothing on the market like it, and it "happened" because the "reverse hanger technique" didn't work for one of my clients — and I was bound and determined that a challenge would defeat me. It's a physical tool that makes closet organizing very visible. But is is oh so much more! No other closet organizing tool helps people work through the decision-making process of determining what they will keep, donate, or discard on an ongoing basis. If the use of My Wardrobe Genius is continued, the need for an annual "closet cleanse" is eliminated. Users will not only save time but money because they know what they have and can round out their wardrobes rather than "settling" for something that might not work with what they already have.

February 3, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSusan Terkanian

@Jill- Thank you for sharing the wonderful Nelson Mandela quote. The quote I'm sporting these days is by W. Clement Stone. It is . . .

"Small hinges swing big doors."

@Susan- So great to have you join us and share more about your product. I love how you developed it for a client who wasn't finding the "reverse hanger technique" viable. Wishing you all the best of success with it.

February 3, 2015 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Thanks for sharing these new and thoughtful tools. I am going to look into Un-Stuck. It's sometimes a practical app that makes a difference for me and my clients.

February 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterEllen Delap

Hi Ellen! So glad you like the change tools. Would love to hear your thoughts about "unstuck" after you try it out.

February 5, 2015 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Thank you for sharing these finds, especially the Unstuck app. It definitely sounds like something I could use!

February 5, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Barclay

Janet- You're most welcome. Fun to be on the lookout for fun, interesting "finds." We all get stuck sometimes…not sure what to do next. Sometimes the overwhelm sets in. Sometimes the options just aren't clear. The pros and cons seem equal in weight. The "Unstuck" app could be just the solution to get us moving again.

February 6, 2015 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

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