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What Are Today's Interesting Finds? - v10

The latest installment (v10) of the “What’s Interesting?” feature has arrived with my newest discoveries that inform, educate, and relate to organizing and life balance. I’ve included unique and inspiring time-related finds, which reflect this month’s blog theme.  You are 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 – Time Simplifier

Author and editor in chief of, Erin Rooney Doland, promises to help you “simplify your life one minute at a time,” in her newly released book, Never Too Busy to Cure Clutter. It’s written for busy people like you and me. The underlying premise is that by organizing your space, you can make room for what matters most. Erin says, “When you’re able to clear the distractions that are cluttering up your time and space, you can eliminate stress and burdens and focus on your priorities.”  I was honored to contribute to the book a passage about mind clutter, which can effect how we manage our time. I said, “We don’t often consider our mind as being in ‘disarray.’ If I’m not clear about priorities for that week, day, or moment, everything becomes more challenging. My physical space can be completely organized, but without clear thinking, I’m more easily distracted, overwhelmed, and less productive. For me, organizing my thoughts and releasing extraneous mind clutter is essential.”



2. Interesting Article – Timeless Question

SpareFoot conducted a survey to people in the U.S. asking this timeless question, “Why do we save stuff we don’t use or need?” We expend a lot of time and energy managing our things, even thouse we no longer use. Do any of these reasons sound familiar to you?

Here are the top five excuses:

63% - Might need someday

51% - Sentimental reasons

26% - Plan to sell

22% - Guilt

19% - Give as a gift



3. Interesting Resource – Time Saver

On the one hand the Internet makes it extremely easy to source what we need. It can also be a major time waster with the endless searching possibilities. The concierge service, Operator, provides an alternate to shopping at a store or online. Operator provides the best of both options by offering human interaction with online convenience. They promise to “do the research and leg work helping you save time and money.” Download the IOS app, type in what you need, and answer a few questions. You’re routed to an expert that will provide you with two to three suggestions. When you’re satisfied, you can click the “I’ll take it” button to purchase the item.



4. Interesting Product – Time Capsule

Our children grow up way too fast. With the passage of time come many keepsakes that remind us details about who they were and how they’ve grown. There’s a lovely keepsake box set to organize your child’s documents and objects. There are a few options, but I love Savor's The Library: Baby Edition Keepsake Box, which has a unit with small drawers to hold baby shoes, locks of hair, and other memorabilia. There is also a School Years Edition.



5. Interesting Tech – Time Centered

The Stop, Breathe & Think app developed by the non-profit organization Tools for Peace, is a “friendly, simple tool to guide…meditations for mindfulness and compassion, ” in short, 5-minute sessions. Mindfulness is a way of paying attention to the present by observing our internal and external life with a non-judgmental, open mind. Mindfulness training improves focus and our experience of time. 



6. Interesting Thought – Time Factor

The past is gone. The present is now. The future in influenced by what we choose to focus on today. How do you use your time?







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 (12)

I love this post you do - so fun to look at the latest and greatest finds. I have Dads on my mind, and was thinking of all the guys who have their tools in a shoebox on a shelf. A product like this one might make a nice gift.. I love the concierge service idea because I think the internet can be overwhelming!

June 7, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSeana Turner

I agree, Linda, the mind is a powerful tool, but it can also enslave us with over abundance of non important information. For me i have to take a break and clear my mind and then when i come back to work i am inspired and creative.

June 7, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJill Robson

@Seana- Thanks so much. It's fun to do. I love collecting things and then sharing them with all of you. What a great Father's Day gift you sourced. I've seen that same product where the sectioned bag straps around a bucket, so all the tools are around the bucket and other things can be stored in the bucket. They use that on job sites, but it's also great for home use. I agree with you that searching for things on the internet can be overwhelming. I love the idea of having the personal, human service combined with the power of the internet.

@Jill- Clearing the mind is always a great use of our time. Because if we are cluttered up top, we become ineffective in all other areas. Taking a break, in what ever form that takes (breathing, meditating, walking in the fresh air) always helps us to refocus and return to the present with an open, clear mind.

June 7, 2016 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

As a grandma of three babies, I got excited when I saw the Baby Keepsake Box, till I saw the price. I think I'll have to settle for the free mindfulness app. :)

June 7, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Barclay

@Janet- Awww. How beautiful that you have three grandchildren. And yes...that Keepsake Box is gorgeous, but it isn't inexpensive. Mindfulness app is a good close second. Enjoy!

June 7, 2016 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

What a fun roundup of ideas, products, and inspiration! And thank you for including our study results! That was a nice surprise.

June 7, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJodi

Wow!! These are great. I agree with Janet and really like the Time Capsule. I think some of my clients will find that a very useful tool. At the NAPO2016 conference Mike Vardy gave a great presentation on Task Management. He taught us to assign titles to each day of the week as a way to focus - to be more mindful of the direction each day takes. I'm trying this method and find that it as helped me to get more done every week.

June 8, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDiane Quintana

@Jodi- So happy that you like the "roundup." Thanks so much. It's always a pleasure to talk with the writers over at SpareFoot. I was thrilled to be included in the "Excuses, Excuses..." post. Love the surveys your group does. They're relevant and informative.

@Diane- Thanks so much, Diane. I love the Keepsake box too...especially the one with the little drawers. I'm sorry I missed Mike Vardy's presentation. I keep hearing great things about it. This idea of assigning "titles" to each day of the week sounds interesting. I'm curious about some of the options he presented or ones that you are personally finding useful. If you feel like sharing, I'd love to hear more.

June 8, 2016 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Hi Linda,
We are so thrilled you included us in your Interesting Finds list, I love these ideas!

I'm not sure how to respond to @janet, but we know it's not an easy price. We SO wanted to create a $50 product, but the labor and materials just make it impossible to do it for less--we have custom-dyed fabrics, acid free paper, everything is fully lined with matching colors, and it's largely handmade. It's meant to be something that lasts to be given to the next generation, so it's really an investment in something that will last for a long time. But I did want to tell your readers we are having a 10% off special right now if they enter GRAD10, so I hope you and they will take advantage of it! Thanks for spreading the word! Jenny

June 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJenny

@Jenny- You're so welcome! I just LOVE your products...especially the box with all the little drawers. Just to give you some further background, Janet lives in Canada. As you may be aware, the Canadian dollar isn't doing well, so buying anything in the US means paying about 33% more. That $75 price point becomes $100.

To your point, though, I agree that the products you've designed are an investment. They're for holding the treasures so they'll be there in a beautiful way in the future.

It is so lovely of you to offer my readers a special discount. Thank you SO much and I hope they'll take advantage of your wonderful offer. Thank you again.

June 17, 2016 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Ah, fair enough! That is tough. How did you hear about us, Linda? Through NAPO?

June 17, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJenny

@Jenny- I don't recall how I found out about you, but am sure glad I did.

June 19, 2016 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

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