Are You Taking Productivity Too Far? Since you’re reading Pick the Brain, I expect that you’ll agree with me when I say that productivity is a good thing. Being productive generally means: You’re living up to your full potential (instead of daydreaming about what might be … and never actually doing it)You’re being proactive rather than reactive, taking control of your own lifeYou feel good about yourself and your life: each day, you have a sense of accomplishmentYou’ve got clear goals, and you’re on track to reach them Pretty great, huh? DIY Kitchen Projects – Organization Tips Whether you live in a three-story house in the suburbs or a tiny apartment with no closets, clutter is a challenge for everyone. One place that has always been a problem zone for me has been my kitchen (there just never seems to be enough pantry space!). Even if you don’t have the time or the resources to make your space look like an Ikea catalog, there are a ton of neat project ideas that repurpose kitchenware you already have but might not need anymore to give your space a totally new feel. Best of all, many of them can be accomplished in less than a weekend. So dig out that old wine rack or collection of mismatched mugs, and try out these clever ideas! Cutting Board Tablet Holder from Mamie Jane’s
Fixed vs. Growth: The Two Basic Mindsets That Shape Our Lives “If you imagine less, less will be what you undoubtedly deserve,” Debbie Millman counseled in one of the best commencement speeches ever given, urging: “Do what you love, and don’t stop until you get what you love. Work as hard as you can, imagine immensities…” Far from Pollyanna platitude, this advice actually reflects what modern psychology knows about how belief systems about our own abilities and potential fuel our behavior and predict our success. Much of that understanding stems from the work of Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck, synthesized in her remarkably insightful Mindset: The New Psychology of Success (public library) — an inquiry into the power of our beliefs, both conscious and unconscious, and how changing even the simplest of them can have profound impact on nearly every aspect of our lives. One of the most basic beliefs we carry about ourselves, Dweck found in her research, has to do with how we view and inhabit what we consider to be our personality.
15 Kitchen Organizing Tips Banish clutter, confusion and chaos in your home with these easy kitchen organization tips. Sick and tired of trying 10 lids just to find the one that fits the pot you’re using, or digging through all the spices in your cupboard to find the oregano? Maybe it’s time to organize your kitchen once and for all. Here are 15 kitchen organizing tips that are guaranteed to make your kitchen easier and freer to work in, no matter how busy you are. 25 Killer Websites that Make You Cleverer It’s easy to forget that we have access to a virtually limitless resource of information, i.e. the Internet. For a lot of us, this is even true at our fingertips, thanks to the ubiquity of smartphones and an ever-increasing push for online greatness by tech engineers all over the world. As a result, there are countless websites out there that are geared to make you smarter and more brilliant for either a low or no cost. Here are just 25 killer websites that may just make you more clever than ever before. 1. Duolingo
kate’s grocery planner unfortunately, the beginning of 2010 has me battling an epic cold, so the first few diys are going to be simple, mellow projects that you can do on a sick day or in front of a movie. i know that resolutions are kind of overwhelming, but i find that taking the time to complete a couple organization projects early really helps things go easier throughout the year. *DOWNLOADABLE versions of kate’s lists have been added below! CLICK HERE for the full how-to after the jump! materials: 1. clipboard 2. magnetic pen box (available at office supply stores, or you can make one out of a tin soup can or tin spice box, etc.) 3. pretty paper (mine is from the paper source) 4. spray adhesive 5. exacto knife 6. scissors 7. adhesive magnet tape (these come in dots and rolls, i recommend the roll that you can cut) cost:
17 Small Productivity Habits The Mini-Habit The idea behind mini habits is that you can get to a larger habit if you start small, create simple goals, and aim for consistency. In his book Mini Habits: Small Habits, Bigger Results, Stephen Guise gives the example of “The One Pushup Challenge.” He was doing what a lot of us do. Creative Commons Many Flickr users have chosen to offer their work under a Creative Commons license, and you can browse or search through content under each type of license. Here are some recently added bits and pieces: Attribution License » 89068019 photos (See more) Attribution-NoDerivs License » 23541970 photos (See more)
5 Morning Rituals to Keep You Productive All Day Long Most of us work long hours: 40, 50 or even 60 hours each week. But chances are, given distractions like online entertainment, office snacking habits and ill-designed time management, we're only churning out high-quality work a portion of each day. Here are five practical steps to incorporate into any morning routine to optimize your time at the office and maintain productivity all day long: 7 minutes of exercise. Yep, not 10 -- just seven.