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In The Other Side of Organized, Linda Samuels, CPO-CD® will encourage you to get organized enough to reduce the stress of life’s details and make time to embrace your passions. Already, thousands of clients and readers have found help and inspiration in her advice, personal reflections on change and connection, and vision of what can be accomplished when you find that sweet spot between chaos and perfection.

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What Are Today's Interesting Finds? - v12

The latest installment (v12) of the “What’s Interesting?” feature is here with my newest discoveries that inform, educate, and relate to organizing and life balance. I’ve included unique and inspiring possibility thinking-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 – Productivity Possibilities

How does productivity works? Why are some people and companies more productive than others? Why do some imagine and actualize possibilities and while others struggle? Charles Duhigg, Pulitzer Prize-winning author explores these questions in his latest book, Smarter Faster Better – The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business. The book is “about how to recognize the choices that fuel true productivity” and “…how to succeed with less effort.” He explores eight concepts including motivation, goal setting, and decision making that emerged from studying experiences of highly productive people and the latest research in neuroscience, psychology and behavioral economics. Dughigg says, “…productivity is about making certain choices in certain ways. The way we choose to see ourselves and frame daily decisions; the stories we tell ourselves, and the easy goals we ignore; the sense of community we build among teammates; the creative cultures we establish as leaders: These are the things that separate the merely busy from the genuinely productive.”



2. Interesting Perspective - Organized Possibilities

While many believe that there is a “right” way or just “one” way to be organized, let’s dispel that myth right now. It’s just not true. We are different.  We have diverse needs and preferences. For organizing strategies to be effective and useful they have to reflect our uniqueness. So while I might prefer to have my clothes hanging in my closet, facing the same direction on matching hangers, by clothing type and in color order, you might prefer piling your clothes on the big comfy chair in the corner of your bedroom. And you know what? If “chairdrobe” works for you, go for it! Being organized looks and feels differently to each of us. What possibilities can you imagine when you take should out of the organizing equation?



3. Interesting Research - Feel Good Possibilities

Have you noticed that in the digital age we tend to use our fingers or voices to type, text and communicate? We write by hand much less. While there’s speed and efficiency when we use our digital devices, we might be missing out on a few things. Research suggests that writing by hand not only helps the brain to remember more, but can make you feel good too. Neuroscientist and author, Kelly Lambert, Ph.D., says, “The brain’s reward center is connected to one of the movement centers…so one way to activate pleasure is through physical effort.” Next time you need a boost, pick up a pen and activate the possibilities.



4. Interesting Product – Time Possibilities

A favorite product that I’ve featured many times is the Time Timer®, a simple time management tool designed to display time elapsing with the movement of a red disk on the timer’s face. The company just developed a new accessory, a dry erase board that integrates beautifully with the timer to highlight time-sensitive messages and appointments. This wonderful combo enhances the possibilities for managing our time more effectively.



5. Interesting Thought - Unleashing Possibilities

Are you having challenges moving forward, pursuing a new idea, or accomplishing a goal? Have you considered the power of your thoughts? What messages are you telling yourself? Are your thoughts enhancing or hindering your possibilities? As the graphic here asks so clearly, “What’s stopping you?” Focus on positive thoughts and unleash amazing possibilities.


I’d love to hear your thoughts. What are your interesting finds? Which possibilities resonate with you?  You matter. Come join the conversation!





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Reader Comments (10)

Love these Linda! Especially appreciate being re-introduced to some of these helper-tools as well as all the great points for thinking (and in some cases re-thinking) to either re-clarify or enhance one's "possibilities." Personally, I am trying to improve on being more mindful about how I think about things ("enhancing or hindering") to help me be more deliberate and purposeful in my choices and decisions. Thanks for yet another thought-provoking conversation - You're the BEST!

October 26, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSheila Delson, CPO-CD

I love your message, "You matter!" That is so true. I wish everyone could marinate in this simple, validating statement! Recently I had a client with boxes similar to these by Rubbermaid. I love the "pop up" interior compartments!

October 26, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSeana Turner

@Sheila- Our internal message is key. And you're right that it takes awareness or mindfulness to identify how the message gets focused...whether it's serving us or not. Wishing you success as you filter and navigate. So glad you're here for the conversation. I always love hearing what's on your mind.

@Seana-YOU matter, my friend! Thank you for the link to those very cool "pop-up" boxes. What a clever design. I appreciate you sharing YOUR interesting find!

October 26, 2016 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

I love the idea that writing matters more than we think it does. Not only does it help us remember, but it also helps us feel good. What a concept! I will have to use that on my daughters when all they want to do is use their fingers to type something. I tend to write everything then turn around and type it. People say I waste time doing it, but for some reason that is what I prefer. Glad to know writing is helping. Thanks for sharing your wisdom!

October 27, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterCrystal

@Crystal- Thanks so much for joining us! It's so interesting that you mentioned how your daughters prefer to write (type). I'm guessing that like many of their generation, writing with a pen and paper is quickly becoming a dying art. I'm not sure the schools even teach cursive writing because the computer has become one of the 21st centuries essential tools. I can totally understand your predilection to hand-writing and then re-typing your notes. The dual process gives you multiple levels of assimilation.

October 27, 2016 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

I am looking forward to reading Smarter, Faster, Better. I have read several of Charles Duhigg's books and enjoy learning more about productivity.

October 28, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterEllen Delap

@Ellen- I know you're going to enjoy Duhigg's newest book, especially since productivity is one of the topics you write about and help your clients with. Duhigg is such a great writer too. After you read it, I'd love to hear a few of your takeaways.

October 29, 2016 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Great collection of interesting finds, Linda! I totally agree that writing things down is important. I know that if I write to-dos down, 1. I remember it better and get it done quicker. and 2.It helps me see the bigger picture in larger projects. Thanks for sharing.

October 31, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSabrina Quairoli

I'm very interested in both productivity and decision-making, so I've added the book you recommended to my shelf in Goodreads.

October 31, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Barclay

@Sabrina- So glad you like the "collection" Isn't it fascinating how differently we process depending upon the mode we use to capture our ideas? There's no question that I use different tools in different situations. For laser focus on a specific day, I might use a sticky note with one or two "to-dos" on it. With long-term and daily planning I use my electronic "2Do" app. For notetaking at seminars or phone calls, I prefer writing pen to paper. As you said, I remember the information better.

@Janet- I'm so glad you like the topic of Duhigg's book. Especially since productivity and decision-making are "hot" topics for you, I know you're going to enjoy the read.

October 31, 2016 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

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