Get your work down to cranking widgets

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.

A Better Mess and Unclutterer

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 post is up, listing software gift ideas to keep you organized and productive.

“A lesson on impermanence from a ruined baseball”

My new 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.

Email isn’t a filing cabinet at Unclutterer

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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