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Products I Love - Time Timer

Timers have numerous beneficial uses such as to reduce hyper-focusing (something I do). Or, to set a limit on how long to do something i.e. time spent on the internet.
I use the Time Timer app every morning to focus on my critical task for the day.  It is available as a desktop timer in various sizes http://www.timetimer.com/ and its disappearing red disk is helpful to: Teach children the concept of elapsed time Manage the stress of transitions by showing “how much longer”Make homework and practice time more productive Reduce conflict in family and household routinesIncrease productivity by breaking projects into manageable segments Keep meetings, appointments, and events on time and moving forward
Do you use a timer? If you do, what do you primarily use it for?

stuff, stuff, and more stuff

It seems the Portland housing market has picked up because my team and I have been downsizing, packing, and unpacking many clients this spring.  I have lost count, but I would estimate that we have eliminated over 200 black garbage bags of "stuff" in the past two months.

I have learned over the 11+ years of working as a professional organizer, that it is challenging for people to make decisions about what to keep and that's why they have too much stuff.  We decide to deal with our stuff later and later never comes.  [Lack of] decision making is often the reason we have too much stuff.
Regular practice of anything makes the task or activity easier.  If you want it to get easier for you to make decisions about what stuff to keep, exercising the decision making part of your brain daily will help immensely.  It doesn't have to require a lot of time.  Simply spend 5 minutes each and every day and let go of 5 things you have multiples of.  Every day it will get a little bit …