Guess Who Made It Onto Oprah’s List?

Oprah-Winfrey-Desktop-Wallpapers9As regular readers of this blog will know I’m a huge fan of Oprah. So I was very excited to have my book featured at Oprah.com.  You can find the article here that is titled 6 Self Help Books That Actually Help.  Listful Thinking is number 3 on that list!

The article explains how you can use lists to find your true priorities. Everyone has made a pro/con list, but that doesn’t mean everyone has made a good list! As the article points out it’s important to factor every little detail into the decision making process.

Being featured in Oprah’s book club really feels like a full circle moment for me. Especially given that it’s almost exactly a year ago that I went to Oprah’s ‘The Life You Want Weekend‘ and I started this blog right as I went to one of the final tapings of The Oprah Winfrey Show in Chicago.

Now I can look back and smile knowing how far I have come and how far this blog and my book have come.  It’s true what Oprah says, “luck is where planning meets opportunity”.

A List to Lift Your Spirits This Fall

bench-560435_1280September is coming to an end and there’s definitely a chill in the air here in New York. It’s that “back to school” weather finally kicking in. My husband Jay hates winter! Around this time of year he starts getting sad about the colder weather and says we need to move to California for some sunshine!

The winter blues aren’t just a feeling – it’s a real problem called seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and it’s caused by a lack of vitamin d. So what can you do to lift your mood this fall?  Short of moving to California?   Read more

Listen to News and Me On-The-Go

rivet-thelistproducer-ad-300x250_NEWAfter the departure of Umano, I’ve been listening to a lot of audio books. It’s been a good chance to catch up on everything I’ve been meaning to read. However I feel there is still a void where Umano used to be.  Remember Umano — it was the platform where you could get your news read to you by professionals.  I even read these blog posts on Umano and shared my stuff in a whole new way.  I was bummed when they closed down.  

Until I discover Rivet. Like Umano, Rivet reads to you all the latest news, over a range of different categories. With a mix of local, national, and world news. You can get all the latest on:

  • Breaking News
  • Technology
  • Science
  • Arts & Entertainment
  • Sports
  • Business
  • Lifestyle
  • Law, Order & Disorder
  • Government & Politics
  • Weather & Traffic

Rivet also remembers what you like to listen to and curates a playlist for you.

Plus if you’ve been missing the audio content I uploaded to Umano – then you’ll definitely want to download Rivet. I’m doing a weekly podcast show for them where I talk about a different productivity topic each week.

Click this link and download the app for iOS or Android.  Can’t wait to hear what you think of this new platform.  I’m excited to be on board and bring you a new and easy way to get your news…and productivity tips too!

I’ve Never Had So Much Fun Cleaning Out My Closet

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My closet before!

I truly believe I’ve found my spirit animal — it’s Marie Kondo.

I’ve written before about her book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. But this week I finally got around to listening to the entire audiobook and I have to admit I’m a convert (mostly.)

Now I understand why she’s such a rockstar in Japan and why there is a waiting list to work with her! 

In her book, Marie explains that she started “tidying” when she was 5 years old. Like a classic middle child she did it to get attention and praise from her parents.  Since then, for Marie, tidying has become a celebration. She even dresses up for the event.  

Marie says everything you own wants to be of use to you.  Isn’t that such a nice way of thinking about it?   That was a huge mindset switch for me. Read more

Get More Organized Now with Harvesting Happiness

hhtr_banner_orange I was kindly invited on as a guest to the Harvesting Happiness Show.  We talked about my book, Listful Thinking and how you can use lists to live a happy life.

The show also featured Daniel Levitin who talks about the science behind getting organized.

He touched on a few scientific reasons why multitasking is bad for you, which made me so happy to hear as multitasking is such a pet peeve of mine. But unfortunately it’s such a classic pitfall that so many people fall down!

The interview is embedded below, but you can also click here to listen to it. It’s 58 minutes long, so I would recommend breaking it up and listening in chunks. Or it could be good if you have a long drive. If you want to skip to my part I start around the 31 minute mark. Enjoy!