I realized yesterday that I could use GPS to keep me from forgetting stops when I have a long list of errands. I was on my way out of town and had the usual last-minute stops to make — drop off library books, get gas, pick up prescriptions, buy a router (what, that’s not on your regular to-do list?).

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I didn’t need GPS to get to any of these places, but I did need it for my final destination a few hours away. In one of those “Eureka!” moments, I added stops for every one of my errands along the Google route. The kind Australian woman who lives in my phone very kindly reminded me to turn into each parking lot along the way. …


Forgive yourself a bit of mess in your life

I’ve never been a tidy person when it came to stuff, but I have been a perfectionist in so many other ways, from pushing for a 4.0 in college to…


Kitchen towels, tea towels, and dish towels. I use the words sort of interchangeably, but according to Cotton Creations, dish towels and tea towels are both types of kitchen towels…


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Kitchen towels, tea towels, and dish towels. I use the words sort of interchangeably, but according to Cotton Creations, dish towels and tea towels are both types of kitchen towels. Tea Towels is a more British word, and they are traditionally made of linen. Dish towels can be made of whatever, but are used to dry dishes. In my head, tea towels are the thin kind of kitchen towel and dish towels are the terry cloth kind, but they are also used interchangeably. What’s in your head?

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Adding to my reading list:
Virginia Woolf’s Flush because of this…


Advertisement for an antique washing machine. 19th century.
Advertisement for an antique washing machine. 19th century.
Public Domain from the Library of Congress

Homemakers like my grandmother had sets of kitchen towels with themes for their daily tasks. It all sounds cute and vintage, but modern productivity experts recommend a similar approach to scheduling.

I mean, we all know Tim Denning writes on Thursdays & Sundays. Does he sing, “This is the way we write our blog, write our blog, write our blog…so early Thursday mornings” when on his way to his desk? (If you don’t get that reference, check the original lyrics)

This article gives a great overview of how to create and leverage your theme days for productivity, a la Steve Jobs & Jack…


At this moment, I have 6809 messages in the inbox for my 9to5 job, and 4,202 of them are unread. The very idea makes my friend Heather shudder in horror. But I don’t miss important messages, I can generally find what I need, and I don’t waste time trying to clean up email.

If having 6,000 emails in your inbox would give you palpitations, you probably have a working system in place.

If, however, you lose things in your cluttered email or feel guilty for not living up to the Zero Inbox standard, I have a system that will help you feel more in control and allow you to let go of impossible perfectionism. …

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Marie Jones

Librarian. Writer. Curious human. Exploring inconsistent organization & messy productivity. Get the book: www.messydeskconsulting.com/the-messy-planner

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