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Monday
Mar272017

What Are Today's Interesting Finds? - v14

The current installment (v14) of the “What’s Interesting?” feature is here with my latest discoveries that inform, educate, and relate to organizing and life balance. I’ve included unique and inspiring next step-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 – Curiosity Next

Curiosity is one of the traits that I value. When I discovered A Curious Mind – The Secret to a Bigger Life by producer and author Brian Grazer, I had to read it. Grazer suggests that the power of curiosity can change your life. He says, “For me, curiosity infuses everything with a sense of possibility.” Consider this in the context of taking next steps. Curiosity involves asking questions, lots and lots of questions, without having a preconceived notion of what the answer will be. It’s about keeping a certain amount of openness for the possibility of discovering what you don’t know. Grazer realized through thirty-five years of having “curiosity conversations” with all types of people, that “…curiosity was the way to uncover ideas, it was the way to spark them.” These conversations became the seed ideas for many of his films and TV shows including A Beautiful Mind, Parenthood, Friday Night Lights, and Splash. When you’re stuck, get curious and ask questions. The idea for next is waiting for you.

 

 

2. Interesting Gadget – Fidget Next

Do you find it challenging to focus sometimes at work, home or school? If so, you’ll love the Fidget Cube. This small six-sided toy offers different types of activities on each side to play with including flip, glide, click, spin, roll and breathe. It will keep your hands occupied, your mind focused, and your stress levels low. Fidgeting could just be the best possible next step.

 

 

3. Interesting Resource – End Procrastination Next

There are so many reasons why next can elude us. One of the most common is that we might know what to do next, but we procrastinate. Fortunately, there’s a new kind of help available exclusively for procrastinators. Dr. Christine Li, clinical psychologist and procrastination coach, is a recovering chronic procrastinator who can help you “understand your struggle with procrastination and share useful strategies to help you make the important changes you want to make in your life.“ End the procrastination loop with strategies and support so that you can get to next.

 

 

4. Interesting Product – Play Next

One of the cleverest products I’ve recently discovered is Nimuno Loops, a Lego-compatible tape. It’s currently being crowd funded through Indiegogo and is not yet available to purchase. The tape lets you turn any surface into a Lego-building base. This inspired product unleashes your ability to play anywhere at anytime. When you’re feeling stuck and are not sure what your next step will be, consider the power of play. Toss a ball, build with blocks, or swing on a swing. Embrace the play-mode to unclog the mind.

 

 

5. Interesting Thought – Be Next

Sometimes in thinking or ruminating about next, we can lose sight of the present moment. Now is what’s here. Notice where you are, what you’re experiencing, and what you’re feeling. Be mindful. Be in this moment. Next will arrive soon enough.

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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I've seen that Lego tape popping up on social media. I was ready to tell people about it until I saw it was still in development. Very neat idea! On the curiosity front, I just saw an advertisement this morning for a subscription to a site designed for the "curious." It caught my eye because I thought, "There is so much out there, why would I need to subscribe to more?" But then I thought, this is a site designed to really delve deeper than most of the free information flooding in. How neat to be a part of a community that really longs for fresh understanding, instead of simply something snappy to say around the water cooler.

March 27, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSeana Turner

@Seana- The Lego tape is everywhere. I don't even have any Legos and I want the tape. I'm guessing it will be a game-changer for kids and how they play. Now you've gotten me curious about the "curious" site. Do you have a link? I'd love to check it out. There are several subscriptions I have that cover interesting new developments in science, business and tech industries. I love reading them to learn about new trends or research...and putting things together in terms of how they might relate to many areas.

March 27, 2017 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

I, too, have seen the Lego compatible tape on the internet and thought my boys (when they were young and very into Lego) would have loved this! I can't wait for it to be available for sale. Thank you for reviewing the book: A Curious Mind. It looks like a very good read. I'm a believer in staying in NOW. I think we miss the small but important things that are happening before our eyes when we spend too much time thinking about what's next.

March 27, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDiane Quintana

I am actually in the process of getting a fidget cube for my son, i will let you know how he likes it. I will checking out the "Curious Mind" as i was born with one of those.

March 27, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJill Robson

I have seen the Lego-compatible tape. This would be great to use this to create the kids' customized Lego table. I wish I had this when my kids were really into Legos. We had 2 - 4 x 6 feet sized tables that held my son's Legotown creation. But since the existing Lego boards were so small we had to add several of them to the top, and the affix them together to create a continuous surface. It was quite expensive, and we needed to use a large surface. If we had this, I could have created a smaller table for the Legotown which would save me a lot of space in my small playroom.

I love this series! Thanks for these great "interesting finds", Linda.

March 27, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSabrina Quairoli

@Diane- Gotta love that tape! Such a fun "to be" product. One of the things I enjoyed about the book is the idea of the "curiosity conversations" that Glazer had. And in the back of the book, he shares samples of some excellent open-ended questions that he asked. I agree with you about being present. While it's necessary to think about next at times, if we spend too much time there, we will miss what's right in front of us.

@Jill-I can't wait to hear your son's thoughts about the Fidget Cube. I found out about it from my niece. When I last saw her, one of her friends had given her one. She showed it to me. Aside from it being really fun to play/fidget that others would appreciate too, I thought it was a great gadget. I have a tray of "fidgets," small toys that I keep at my desk. When I'm on conference calls or teleclasses, I use them to help me stay focused.

@Sabrina-Since you have first-hand experience with kids and Legos, I especially enjoyed hearing your take on the Lego-compatible tape. I like the idea that by using the tape you can create "mini" Lego surfaces almost anywhere...walls, desktops, shoes, notebooks. The possibilities are endless! So glad you like this series. I enjoy sourcing things and giving them a slightly different perspective to be helpful in the organizing and life balance realm.

Thank you all for stopping by to share!

March 27, 2017 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Anything lego related gets a thumbs up from me! ;) I really love the idea of getting into play-mode to kick stress to the curb and even to get a fresh perspective on things. =)

March 27, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDeb Lee

@Deb- Our daughters weren't that into Legos, but so many of my clients' kids were/are. Always fascinating to see the level of organization that parents or kids want to for keeping Lego parts sorted. This tape is awesome and I hope that it gets to market as projected by late summer. Playing to "kick stress to the curb" or get that new view on things is a fun way to change things up.

March 27, 2017 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

I just saw that Lego tape! My son is just starting to get into them now, so hopefully by the time he really gets invested, it'll be available for purchase.

March 27, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSarah Soboleski

@Sarah- I'm excited for you and your son that the Lego tape will hopefully be available soon to play with. The possibilities for building just opened right up!

March 28, 2017 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

The lego tape is brilliant! I have seen walls that have lego squares so this will be a game changer in so many homes!

April 1, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterEllen Delap

@Ellen- Totally agree with you about the Lego tape! I don't even have Legos and I want the tape. :)

April 1, 2017 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

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