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Monday
Jun252018

What Are Today's Interesting Finds? - v19

The newest installment (v19) of the “What’s Interesting?” feature is here with my recent 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 such a wonderfully engaged group and I am so grateful for you. I look forward to your participation and additions to the collection I’ve sourced. What do you find interesting?

 

What’s Interesting? . . .

 

1. Interesting Read – Time to Be Present 

If you want to enhance your health and well-being and be more aware in the moment, this book is for you. In Fully Present – The Science, Art, and Practice of Mindfulness, scientist Susan Smalley, Ph.D. and mindfulness teacher and practitioner, Diana Winston explore the scientific explanation for how mindfulness affects the brain and body in a positive, powerful, and compelling way.  The authors also share tips and exercises for developing and maintaining a meditation practice. They say, “You can learn to take an ordinary experience, give it your present-moment attention, and experience it as extra-ordinary.” Modern culture tends to cultivate mindless-ness. “The dominant American culture validates virtually mindless productivity, busyness, speed, and efficiency. The last thing we want to do is just be present.”  Smalley and Winston present an opening for us to think about how we spend our time“Mindfulness is a means to rebalance doing and being.”  

 

 

2. Interesting Season  – Time to Organize

OK. The truth is that every season is a great season to get organized. With summer just starting, we’re poised for a new beginning. We can reset our organizing goals, take stock of our busy schedules and time, do some decluttering, and bring order and balance back into our lives. If you want to get organized, but are feeling overwhelmed and stuck, find an organizing buddy. Your buddy can be a compassionate and non-judgmental friend, family member or professional organizer like me. You’ll be amazed with how much you will accomplish in a short amount of time when your work side-by-side with someone else. I’m ready to help and am just a phone call (914-271-5673) or email (linda@ohsoorganized.com) away.

 

 

3. Interesting Product – Time to Roll

How do you roll with managing your to dos? Check out this new product, This Week Sticky Roll Notes from Knock Knock. With 26 feet of note-taking tape, you can place this list anywhere to remind you about what’s next. Just pull, tear, and then stick the strip to any surface like your mirror, desk, refrigerator, or door.  It’s a fun and flexible product that will help you better manage your time.

 

 

4. Interesting App – Time to Connect

If you like the idea of writing personalized cards, but can never find the time to do so, you’ll love Pixinote. This app combines old school with the digital age.  In just a few minutes using your cell phone, you can easily combine three lines of personalized text with one of your photos. A printed card in an envelope will show up in your loved one's mailbox several days later. Keeping in touch was never so easy. Your friends and family will appreciate receiving “good” mail and knowing that you took the time to connect with them.

 

5. Interesting Thought – Time to Steer

If you’re anything like me, time appears to be moving more and more swiftly with the passing of each year. Now more than ever, being intentional with how time is being spent seems essential. After all, we have a finite amount of time. While none of us know how long we’ll be here, we are in charge of the time we do have.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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Reader Comments (10)

I've just sent a tweet to Pixinote to see if they're planning to release an Android version. I would definitely use it!

June 25, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Barclay

@Janet- I didn't realize that it was only an Apple app. That happened to me recently where I discovered a great app but it was only for Androids. I hope Pixinote has plans to come out with a version that you'll be able to use too. It's wonderful!

June 25, 2018 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

I love that Pixinote.. gotta check that out. I do love sending old fashioned "snail mail" cards. I also love that last thought. So often we feel powerless, but we have more influence than we think. More than anyone else, we can choose our attitude, our responses, our priorities and our goals. Life may periodically fight back or toss hurdles in our path, but we are still behind the wheel and steering.

June 25, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterSeana Turner

@Seana- If you like sending snail mail cards, you'll really enjoy using Pixinote. It's great, too, when you're traveling. No more hunting for stamps or post office boxes to mail cards. And you're so right that life absolutely sends some hurdles our way. But remembering that we have so many choices with things helps to realize that we can steer in the direction of our choosing.

June 25, 2018 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Hi Linda
This is a great list. I love mindfulness practice and think it is so important these days but so hard to keep up it seems as I get busier. It is just amazing to me the apps we can get that help to make our lives easier. I look forward to more "Whats Interesting?" coming up.

June 25, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterKim

@Kim- I'm happy to know that you like the list. Thank you. And so nice to meet another person that engages in mindfulness practice. I understand about how the "busy" piece sometimes presents a challenge with maintaining a daily practice. One of the things I especially love about the practice is the forgiving nature of it. When our minds wander, we bring them back. When we drift from daily practice, we begin again. No judgment. Just kindness and compassion.

June 26, 2018 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

I'm especially interested in Pixinote, because I've been using Send Out Cards and adding my own photos, but now they charge extra for that so I'd love another option. I just might try it on my iPad when my SOC credits run out! It will be a little more work that way, but definitely doable.

June 26, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Barclay

Love those weekly sticky roll notes! I have a few clients where I have to leave my appointment card and their homework list taped to their door. This option would be much more fun!

June 26, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterSarah Soboleski

@Janet- Sounds like a plan! If you end up using Pixinote, I'd love to hear what you think. In some ways, it's more like tweeting than lengthy note writing. The amount of text you can write is limited. But then again, maybe that's a good thing. Keeping things short and sweet! :)

June 26, 2018 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

@Sarah- Fun is always a good choice! Knock Knock has a great way of introducing fun into day-to-day tasks. I love their sense of humor. Your idea for using their sticky roll note for the homework list sounds great! If you end up using it (and feel like sharing), I'd love to hear how it works for you and your clients.

June 26, 2018 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

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