This week on Unclutterer, I describe how to get almost any job down to the simplicity of cranking widgets, and share a few mobile apps to help along the way:
“Today, I write and edit articles. I produce one podcast and participate in another. I’m working on a book. I’ve also got the responsibilities of a husband, father, brother, and son. In comparison, my job requires more attention than driving a van around town while listening to music and drinking a soda.
A good number of jobs can be overwhelming. The good news is that any job can be a widget-cranking job. The trick is identifying the widgets and getting them in front of yourself in a timely manner and on a friendly, non-intimidating list.”
I’ve also listed five simple t0-do management apps for iPhone and Android.
I list several options for donating, selling and — most fun of all — re-purposing old toys in my lastest post on Unclutterer. The winter holidays are coming, and that means new toys for many. Don’t let the old ones become clutter.
I was lucky enough to have a guest post published at A Better Mess today. I wrote about GTD for the easily distracted:
“To say that I’m easily distracted is like saying the sun is kind of warm. Maintaining focus on what I consider mundane tasks (I’ll bet my definition is much broader than yours) is a Herculean effort. Fortunately, I’ve learned several strategies for getting things done when getting things done is the last thing I want to do.”
Also, my latest Unclutterer.com post is up, listing software gift ideas to keep you organized and productive.
My latest post is up at Unclutterer.com. This time, I’m sharing a list of gifts to keep kids organized.
Erin Doland of Unclutterer.com has released an audio version of her book, Unclutter Your Life in One Week. I read this book about a year ago and loved it. The audio book — released today — is read by Bhama Roget and features a forward by David Allen.
Pick it up, listen and get organized!
Full disclosure: I’m a regular contributor to Unclutterer.com.
My new Unclutterer.com post has been published. A lesson on impermanence:
“My dog, an oft-naughty Boston Terrier named Batgirl, recently taught me an important lesson about clinging to clutter, attachment, and the real value of memories. How?
She ruined an irreplaceable baseball that I loved.”
Read the full story. Reduce clutter, retain memories and remember what’s important. Spoiler: it’s not “stuff.”
And keep your baseballs away from the damn dog.
My new post is up at Unclutterer, “Your email inbox is not a filing cabinet.”
“I was recently asked to forward an email I had received to someone else. I couldn’t remember the exact title of the message that I wanted, so I spent a few minutes searching and scrolling. Fortunately, I only had a couple dozen messages in my inbox. I’ve seen people scroll through thousands of messages in a desperate hunt for that one phone number, street address or appointment confirmation. It’s agonizing. Why do we do that to ourselves?”
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Here’s a great interview with Unclutterer‘s Erin Doland that I recently re-read:
“I have very few regrets in my life, and I owe a great deal of that to my parents’ insistence that I Seize Life. I have always taken chances, been a bit brazen, and risked a little to gain a lot. Anyone can live this way, and the benefits are truly spectacular.”
Read the whole thing.