There’s no evidence that anyone can do 3 things well at once. That’s just one of the interesting things that I learned from listening to this interview on ScienceFriday.com. It’s all about “The Myth of Multitasking,” which I think is a very accurate title. I’ve said before that I think multitasking is impossible. Sure you can do more than one thing at once — but there is no way you can do it well.
If you disagree — I’d love to hear from you! Give the interview a listen and let me know what you think!
Have you started spring cleaning yet? I went through my closet this weekend and got rid of 20 pairs of shoes. I’m not even exaggerating. It was ridiculous. But I feel much better now that the task is complete…and excited to replace some of those shoes.
But spring cleaning doesn’t apply to your home only. Don’t forget your office too. Whether it’s at home or in an office — an organized desk can send your productivity soaring.
Recently the folks at Manilla.com came to me with a dilemma. A comedian/actress named Jo had let her desk mess get out of hand. She wasn’t even able to use her desk anymore and had moved over to her dining room table to get work done. Except — her productivity suffered so they called me in to do an office makeover. Check out this video for a look.
Would you like a personal assistant to help you remember appointments and check things off your to-do list? I know of one who will work for cheap and keep you organized and make sure you hit all your deadlines. Her name is Astrid. And I’d like to offer my congratulations since the company was just sold to Yahoo.
Who is Astrid?
Astrid is an adorable little octopus and one of my favorite to-do list apps for iPhone or Android. If you don’t have one of those devices you can also access this productivity tool by going to Astrid.com.
Astrid will keep all of your tasks organized and remind you of what you need to do with motivational and encouraging nudges like “How about it? Ready tiger?” You can also rename all of your lists and maintain them however you like — set reminders or not, give your tasks due dates or not. It’s up to you. … continue reading.
I thought I knew a fair amount about how to have healthy finances. I know how to make money, save it and spend it…so what else is there to know? Apparently a lot! A fellow blogger and friend, Scott Gamm, just wrote a book called “More Money Please: The Financial Secrets You Never Learned in School.” And he’s only 21! Yes — that’s right!
The book is written from the perspective of a college kid who knows more than most about finance. Scott started a blog called HelpSaveMyDollars.com for young people to get their money issues under control. Although his book is geared towards 20-somethings, I think people of all ages, including parents and professionals can benefit from reading it. Here’s some of what I learned: … continue reading.
When my desk is messy I feel out of sorts. It’s amazing how a clean desk can lift your mood. I pride myself on being super organized and having it pretty much together but sometimes my desk falls through the cracks. I get lots of mail and lots and lots of magazines (which I love!) — but sometime’s it’s overwhelming.
I’ve had a feng shui expert write about how positioning things on your desk could make you more productive in the past. But there are some other things you should consider like clutter, light, size and monitors. Here’s a look at those things from TheNextWeb.com called “How to arrange your desk for maximum productivity.” How does your desk look?
I’m all about making life easier and that’s why I have to share this new app with you. It’s called Venmo and it’s basically a way to pay back all your debts to your friends instantly.
Say you are out to dinner with your friend and the restaurant only accepts cash (ugh -you should have done your homework before hand and skipped this place!). Your friend only has credit cards so you kindly pick up the tab because you have cash. Now she owes you.
This scenario has happened to me time and time again and depending on the friend has either been an quick repayment or one that I’m waiting weeks to receive. Enter Venmo…the instant way to pay people back. Think of it as PayPal with your iPhone.
Make an account and link your bank account (don’t worry, it’s safe) and connect with other friends who also have accounts through Venmo. Now pay them back and get payments instantly. It’s really that simple. I tried it out recently and it works perfectly. It’s a good system for group payments too. Check it out and let me know what you think!