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What Are Today's Interesting Finds? - v20

The newest installment (v20) 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 success-related finds, which reflect this month’s blog theme. You are such a fabulous, 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 – Accelerating Your Success 

If you are struggling with how to achieve the success you desire, this book has some helpful ideas and strategies that are opposite to what most of us have been taught. In The Happiness Track – How to Apply the Science of Happiness to Accelerate Your Success, science director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University, Emma Seppälä, Ph.D., shares ideas backed by research which support that happiness is “not the outcome of success but rather its precursor.”  Seppälä explores six keys to happiness and success that include living in the moment, tapping into your resilience, managing your energy, doing nothing, being good to yourself, and showing compassion to others. She says, “… you already have all it takes to be happy and successful; that a stress-free and fulfilled life is not only possible but also the secret to personal and professional success.



2. Interesting Season  – Organizing for Success

The truth is that every season is a great season to get organized. In fact, the change of seasons presents us with an opportunity to reset our organizing goals, redefine what success looks like, and bring some balance back into our lives. With fall just starting, the cues for change are all around us. 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 you work side-by-side with someone else. I’m here to help and am just a phone call (914-271-5673) or email ( away.



3. Interesting Product – List for Success

There are so many approaches to and preferences for managing to do lists. Some of us like paper and others prefer digital reminders. One thing I’ve noticed is that no matter what the list form is most of us crowd them to the point that we become overwhelmed and stuck. So instead of getting a few things done, we do nothing. How can we be more successful list makers? Give Knock Knock’s Reality Checklist a try. The customizable list adds humor and focus to accomplishing not just what’s most important, but what’s truly realistic. 



4. Interesting Video – Secrets of Success


If you’re curious about why people succeed, you’ll enjoy watching this short Ted Talk by analyst Richard St. John. He spent seven years interviewing 500 people and asked the question, “What leads to success?”  The research was distilled into eight common factors (passion, work, focus, persist, ideas, good, push, and serve) that every successful person he interviewed had in common. 



5. Interesting Thought – Bluntness for Success

We can be our own worst enemy when it comes to success. And why is that? We tend to have a litany of reasons why we aren’t good enough or smart enough or worthy enough or fill-in-the-blank-enough to succeed. We decide even before we begin that “it” won’t work. So why try? Let those excuses go. You deserve all the small, medium, and large successes that are waiting for you to experience. 




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 (14)

I love these interesting finds! I especially want to dig deeper into the Happiness Track. What I have recently dug into is Enneagram. Check it out!

September 24, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterEllen Delap

Love the Reality Checklist!

September 24, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJanet

@Ellen- Thanks so much. I just did a quick search about Enneagram, and it looks fascinating as another way to understand yourself and others. I look into it further. Are you using it in a particular way? I'd love to hear more.

September 24, 2018 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

@Janet- I'm so glad you like the list. I love that one too. It brings some sanity to list-making.

September 24, 2018 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

I love the idea that happiness is not the outcome to success but the precursor. I think that is so true. Finding the ability to be content and thankful each day, regardless of circumstance, helps us experience the day in a positive mindset. I love the Reality Checklist... it is a fun way to prioritize the list, and prioritization is the secret sauce of productivity! I have to share out your blunt phrase:)

September 24, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterSeana Turner

@Seana- The happiness as a precursor idea resonated with me too. After all, success is often just a moment reached, but what we do along the way IS our life. I'm glad that you also liked that checklist. Keeping it real, folks, right? I wasn't sure about that "blunt" phrase. I usually stay away from using controversial words on my blog, but this one just called out to me, and I felt compelled to share it. I hope no one takes offense.

September 24, 2018 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Hi Linda
Sounds like we had the same thoughts about balance and change of the seasons. I love the reality check list too. I will check it out. A women in my workshop mentioned that she likes to write down items she has accomplished after the fact and the scratch them off “done”.

September 24, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterKim

@Kim- Living in the northeast, the seasons have always been an enormous influence on me. I've always found the seasonal changes to be an excellent time to rethink, reflect, and reset. I can relate to the woman from your workshop. I've been known to do that on occasion too. Each time we cross something off of our list, we get a rush of endorphins, that feel-good, "happy" hormone.

September 24, 2018 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

What interesting finds! The reality list is clever. I find that lists are wonderful for planning out things that need completing for projects. However, a list of tasks that do not have any rhyme or reason doesn't work. I need a focus for my list that will guide me to completion.

September 24, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterSabrina Quairoli

I love Knock Knock lists! They are humorous and they get the job done. I love that they made your list! =D

Btw, if there's an audio version of the "The Happiness Track," I'll check it out. I've discovered that I'm more of an auditory learner (my GPS helped me figure that out) so I much prefer listening to books (instead of reading them).

September 24, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterDeb Lee

I also like the Reality Checklist! I use Todoist, and have a lot of tasks listed with no date - I guess they probably fall into the 3rd or 4th section on this list.

September 24, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Barclay

@Sabrina- The Reality Checklist seems to be a big hit here. I know what you mean about having specific lists for projects. I work that way too. But sometimes for downloading the mind of "all that stuff" we have going on can work well with a list like this one from Knock Knock. As you know, it's all about what works for you. So very important.

September 24, 2018 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

@Deb- Knock Knock is one of my favorite companies for finding offbeat and funny organizing products. They always make me laugh, and laughing is a good thing. I just looked at Amazon, and it seems like there IS an audio version of the book which is available for free with their "Audible" trial. Since I'm not an auditory learner, I'm not sure what that is exactly, but maybe it will be good for you.

September 24, 2018 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

@Janet- I've never tried Todoist, but instead use 2Do on a regular basis. It works both for the scheduled and unscheduled tasks. But as Sabrina brought up, there are times that other types of lists work well too. For example, for projects, I tend to use a master list and then might enter a specific item on my electronic 2Do list to keep the project moving forward. Or, I might grab something like the Reality Checklist to download things that I'm mulling about for a particular day. And it's not uncommon for me to grab a post-it note to jot down a few high priority things that I want to do in the next few hours. I guess I like the variety for getting things done. It's a dance between digital and paper.

September 24, 2018 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

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