Tuesday, May 29, 2018

How Do I Keep These Papers Together?

Today is National Paper Clip Day!

Created in the late-1800s, paper clips have changed very little. They still do the job they for which they were created.

Think about what life would be like without paper clips; papers everywhere, fingernails torn and ragged from trying to pull out staples.

Also, think of all the other uses for paper clips: hooks for Christmas decorations, fish hooks, toothpicks, plant stems, window locks (hook and twist) and many more.

All Hail the Paper Clip!!! Simplicity itself.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

How Do You Decide to...Decide?

You know, there are some decisions I'm great at making and others...well...

I can't tell you how much money/time/stress/heart-hurt/physical pain indecision has cost me. My tendency to see a wide range of options/opportunities and want it all has been stunningly expensive.

And yes, I get it that that outlook would be judged as immature by lots of folks...however, I know others who see it as optimistic and hopeful.

Suggestions for dealing with indecision range through:- Flipping a coin- Examining the upside/downside- Acknowledging the outcome of indecision (what happens if I don't decide?)- Sleeping on it- Doing a survey among friends and/or experts- Trusting instincts- Setting a deadline- Getting out of your head by changing the environment

How do you deal with indecision? Zap me back and let me know!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Hit the Spinner!

Ok...you didn't expect this....the device above is a potty training urinal. Now, stick with me...

You use 4 powerful suction cups to hold it to the wall in your bathroom. Little boys try to hit the orange spinner in the middle so it teaches focus. Then, a parent comes in and lifts the light green container out and empties it in the toilet.

Understanding how little boys--and sometimes, big boys--think and the need for potty training, whoever came up with this is a genius! While there is a serious purpose, it teaches a necessary skill and there's a fun aspect to it! It's learning and conditioning without thinking!

Let's take this one more step...what do you need to learn in life? Is there a way to make the learning a little more fun? DON'T BE SO GROWN UP! Some of you are thinking this is silly...well, sometimes silly creates success.

My philosophy is, "Whatever makes it happen makes it happen."

If this gadget interests you for kids or grandkids (it's a perfect baby shower gift!) go to https://amzn.to/2GZouET.

Remember, hit the spinner!

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Ever Crimped a Beer Can?

Anything that makes life easier is a good thing. If you go into almost any room in my house you’ll find a pen and paper; all the better to catch ideas or jot down reminders.

That’s a life hack.

We all know hacking first referred to cutting something with rough blows, but for the past few decades the term has meant using a computer to gain unauthorized access to data in a system. In other words, hacking is a shortcut. 
The term, life hack, has popped up as a way to describe any trick, shortcut, skill, or novelty method that increases productivity and efficiency in all walks of life.

You can use empty toilet paper rolls or binder clips to organize computer cords; a pants hanger can hold a cookbook open; you can use an old ketchup bottle to squirt pancake batter into a pan instead of slopping it around with a ladle.

A friend of mine always puts a little crimp, an indention, in the side of a cold, sweaty beer can to make it easier to hold.

Search life hacks, or go to https://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/100-life-hacks-that-make-life-easier.html and check out some of the cool ideas.

What do you do to make life easier?