List of Ways to Make the Best of Jury Duty

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English: New York City – Supreme Court Deutsch: New York City – Oberstes Gericht (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It happens to all of us at some point in our lives — we all get called for jury duty.  I had to serve last week in New York City and I tried to make the most of the slightly irritating and inconvenient task.  Here’s some ways that you can do the same:

Take yourself out to lunch:  When do you get an entire hour to yourself to eat and relax?  The thing about government agencies is that they are very strict about their break times and their lunches.  They will have you out to lunch at 1pm on the dot.  So take advantage!  Do a little prep work beforehand and find some yummy options near the courthouse where you’re assigned.  Read more

Creating A Realistic Bucket List

Whenever someone tells me that they are new to listmaking — I always suggest making a life list or bucket list first.  You know yourself better than anyone and you know what you like and don’t like.  A bucket list is a collection of your greatest hopes, dreams and goals.  It can include something as extreme as “travel around the world,” or as practical as “learn Spanish.”  But it is important to make your list attainable if you really are serious about crossing off all the items.  For ways to keep your list manageable and realistic — Christine Harding from Wish.co.uk offers this guest post: Read more

Are You A Multitasker?

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Multitasking (Photo credit: JPDaigle)

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!

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Makeover Your Home Office

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.

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Congrats to Astrid: An Amazing To-Do List App

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. Read more