Since I started working on HomeRoutines (two years ago!) I’ve discovered so many wonderful blogs that have useful and encouraging information, hints and tips, and the latest news from the science behind productivity of all sorts. And I’ve read about them and sometimes posted them on Facebook and I haven’t put them here. Why, Rosie, Why?
I had an epiphany this morning while I was putting on the slow cooker for dinner. I’ve been doing the perfectionist thing about posting links – I didn’t want to post one at a time, but I thought that if I was going to post links I had to make it “Monday Morning Link Fest!” or “Wonderful Weekend Links!” or something similar with a snappy name and a publishing schedule. And then I’d have to go back and post every.single.link I’d every found on the Entire Internet! This was resulting in me not posting links at all, which is an epic fail on my part as I want to link up to all the awesomeness out there, without exposing you to all my crazy angst.
So be it. With a small amount of Winnie-the-Pooh inspired further procrastination to create a graphic, here are some Useful Links.
Useful Links (and a Useful Pot to Keep Them In)
- Good Tools Have Verb-Based Interfaces
Gina Trapani on Smarterware suggests giving your app folders friendly, verby names, rather than the generic ones that iTunes gives them. For instance, Watch, Listen, Read, Play.
- How to Put Newsstand in a Folder
From The Cult of Mac, a nice hack I found in Gina’s article above – so you can hide the Newsstand app away if you don’t actually use it.
- Getting More Organized is Not the Goal
Rachel from Small Notebook writes about finding the sweet spot in your organisation process where it is of most benefit to you, and stopping there.
- How To Stay Motivated
Marilyn from Marilyn’s Way (previously called The FLylady Way) talks about how to stay motivated working on the mundane routine tasks of life.
- Read It Later
If you ever have cascading layers of distraction because of opening Twitter or Facebook for “just a minute” and then seeing some awesome link that lo0ks the best thing ever, then Read It Later is very useful indeed. It’s an app/Firefox add-on/magic thing that lets you send off all those tempting articles and entertaining videos that might not be suitable for right this minute, so you can look at them later on. The app works with twitter apps to directly send the links to it, and then puts them in an easily-readable mobile format for you. I like it, and it’s free.