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What Are Today's Interesting Finds? - v11

The latest installment (v11) 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 enlisting help-related finds, which reflect this month’s blog theme. You’re a fantastically 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 – Decision-Making Help

Living requires us to make millions of decisions. Are you overwhelmed by choice? If so, you’re not alone. Barry Schwartz, author of The Paradox of Choice – Why More is Less, sheds light on how the abundance in our culture has made us become less satisfied and more stressed about our daily decisions. He says that while choice improves the quality of our lives, helps us control our future, and is essential to autonomy, the overload of choice comes at a price. Schwartz explains why this has happened and suggests ways to overcome it. He concludes with, “Choice within constraints, freedom within limits, is what enables [us] to imagine a host of marvelous possibilities.”



2. Interesting Study – Productivity Help

While traveling on one of my favorite airlines, Southwest, I read about an interesting piece in their onboard magazine. The University of British Columbia did a study where the results determined that desk clutter lowered your attention span. Interpreted another way, an organized desk increased your attention span by 167%. A different experiment concluded that study participants in a cluttered workspace took 10 percent longer to complete a quiz than the participants situated in a neat workspace.




3. Interesting Conference – Disorganization Help

The Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD) will have its’ annual conference in Portland, Oregon, September 22-24, 2016. Organizers and related professionals will convene from all over the globe to learn about aging, ADHD, productivity, mental illness, hoarding, time management, and the latest research on chronic disorganization. I’m looking forward to attending and learning from the experts so that I can better help my clients. Are you going? I’d love to see you there!



4. Interesting Product – Paper Organizing Help

Have you noticed the adult coloring book craze? They are in bookstores, conferences, airports, hospitals and everywhere. They’re even on file folders. One of Smead’s clever new products is the coloring file folder, great for organizing your papers.  Available at, you no longer need an excuse to doodle on your files. Get out your colored pencils and have fun while you’re organizing your paper piles.



5. Interesting Resource – Repair Help

I’m all for letting go of things that no longer serve a purpose, are beyond repair, or have overstayed their welcome. However, what about those finer shoes or handbags that could be repaired, but they sit around waiting for a way to get that done. is a convenient service that meshes the skill and traditions of expert cobblers with the ease of using the Internet. The process is easy. Fill out an online form, receive a shipping box, and your shoes or handbags will be quickly refurbished and returned right back to your home.


6. Interesting Thought – Exclamatory Help

We all do it, don't we? Swearing that is. Especially when we need help, those expletives can arrive fast and furiously. However, they only go so far for handling a moment of frustration. If you’re struggling with overwhelm, with a challenge that seems unsolvable, or with figuring out how you’re going to move forward, it’s probably time to reach out for help. Be brave enough to ask.




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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I am blown away by that statistic about an organized desk increasing our attention span by 167% - that is a powerful finding that should not be ignored. I believe that to be true for myself, but for some who have been surrounded by clutter for many years, they may be selling their skills and abilities short while the root cause is something totally different. Those doodle folders were my favorite item from the conference - I stocked up to give them out to student friends and followers. I always enjoy your interesting finds... it is these precious discoveries that add spice to life:)

August 9, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSeana Turner

I do struggle with decisions, so I went to add "The Paradox of Choice." to my shelf in Goodreads, and lo and behold, it was already there! Thank you for the reminder, as I'd obviously forgotten all about it.

August 9, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Barclay

@Seana- I was surprised by the stat too. While doing some additional research (which I'll share more about another time,) I found something very interesting. Another study discovered that having a cluttered, less pristine environment was more conducive to fostering creativity. It's the opposite results from this University of British Columbia study...but its purpose is also different. So I guess that depending on what type of work you're doing, clutter can enhance or detract from your efforts.

How fun that you've been giving the coloring folders. So nice!

@Janet- Happy to nudge you to read Schwartz's book. I found it interesting and compelling in terms of how many darn choices we have on a daily basis. It reminds me to take extra care of clients as they can easily suffer from decision fatigue when we're working together. The organizing process is all about making choices. You add those to the regular choices, and it can be exhausting.

Hopefully, you'll find something in "The Paradox of Choice" that's helpful. He waits until the last chapter to share solutions. The rest of the book focuses on the challenge and overwhelm of choice.

August 9, 2016 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Good to know! I enjoy learning about the decision-making process itself so I should find it interesting.

August 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Barclay

Looking forward to hearing what resonates with you, Janet.

August 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Samuels

Lots of love around the coloring folders! What a fun way to incorporate energy into paper management!

August 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterEllen Delap

@Ellen- The coloring folders seem to be a big hit! Smead was so smart to incorporate this new fad with organizing. And you're right. It sure adds energy around paper management. So fun!

August 10, 2016 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

so I went to add "The Paradox of Choice." to my shelf in Goodreads, and lo and behold, it was already there! Thank you for the reminder, as I'd obviously forgotten all about it.

August 12, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterikan hias air tawar

@Ikan- It's a great book. Happy reading!

August 13, 2016 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

What a terrific assortment of finds, Linda. I'm currently working with a client who falls into the creative category (she's a singer, musician and Reiki healer). There is something to be said for a certain "creative chaos" for folks in this category of work. That said, she wants to be more organized. It's finding that special balance.

I often tell my clients that there is no right way to be organized. Different things work for different folks. The best way, is what works for them. It's interesting to see the contrast in the two studies.

August 14, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAlys Milner

@Alys- I'm so glad you liked the "finds!" I know exactly what you mean about having a certain amount of "creative chaos." And you're right that there's no one way or right way to be or get organized. Being curious and experimenting goes a long way in figuring out what an optimal environment looks and feels like. And that's based on an individual's goals and preferences.

August 14, 2016 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Great finds, Linda. I am going to share the online shoe and handbag repair site on my board in Pinterest to remind me when I need it. Thanks for sharing.

August 15, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSabrina Quairoli

@Sabrina- What a good idea to add the online shoe/handbag repair site to Pinterest. Which Pinterest board are you adding it to? I always love the Board names that people come up with!

August 15, 2016 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

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