Do you know why I started blogging back in 2008? It wasn’t to meet kindred souls or to practice writing or to experiment with ideas and personal challenges (as it often is now). Nah, I saw a blog as a fantastic technology tool to get myself better organized. I frequently chronicled links to products and services that I wanted to be able to find again (through tags and keywords) so that I didn’t feel like I had to have an office full of the paper clutter (that so many designers are plagued with).
Somewhere along the way I lost track of that – primarily because my office isn’t so full of catalogs anymore. But I have a new kind of clutter. One that makes my computer slow and drives my just as crazy as paper piles. It is browser tabs. Right now at this very moment, I have 42 tabs open (fellow tab addicts, we are not alone). I buy extra system memory just to support my tab addiction. It is a real problem.
I try to go and shut things down, but I know that without a record I will never remember that wonderful thing that I found, so I cling to it tightly in the form a tab. I know that there are countless tools for bookmarking, but I have never found one that has stuck with me. I am best if I just make a list in my own way and for myself (no matter how randomly disconnected it is). And I can’t curate it to be interesting to anyone else but me – no offense, but we all know addicts need to take care of themselves first. This is purely about safely closing tabs - But I do hope you find some things that you will want to keep track of too. So, in an effort to get this thing under control, I am going back to the blog – right here – (hey it worked once) for help.
Hello, My name is Rochelle, I am a tab addict. I am going to fight this thing – I am going shut them down – but first I am going to list them here so I can find them again, when I need to. Once a week, I will clear my mind, and my browser and shut down all these Open Tabs. (ahh, I feel better already)
Here it goes:
Inspiring Artist - Ben Giles made these beautiful flower collages. His flicker stream is a great place to visit on chilly late fall day.
The soup I want someone to make me when I am sick.
I am desperate for a few systems and instead of getting more into apps on my phone, I’ve decided to go back to old ways. I miss the days when I felt productive and organized with my crumpled ’to do’ list folded up on a sheet of paper in my pocket. Every couple of days I refreshed and rewrote it and that was all I needed. And I am pretty sure that is all I need now.
Life has gotten much more complicated since then with kids, more works projects, houses, and technology and it is even worse when the phone is constantly at me. New tweets, emails, msgs, calls – and I find myself drawn in to interactions I just don’t have the capacity for, instead of sitting quietly when I have a few spare moments. It is killing my creativity and I am eager to make a change.
This morning I pulled out an old notebook and wrote down all the things that my husband and I need to address together around the house. After dumping out a 2 page list in under 10 minutes (a task I could never complete in that time on a phone or even a tablet), I instantaneously felt physically better, but more importantly, I was suddenly less overwhelmed and paralyzed by trying to keep track of it all. I knew in an instant that I need to go back to paper.
My old lists used to look a lot like this one by ario. You just can’t doodle like that a cell phone and I need to doodle. I’m looking forward to seeing what my new lists are going to look like. I’m curious, are you a smart phone convert or tactile list maker? Or something in between? How do you keep track of things?
I’m thoroughly enjoying this Tiny Desk concert here at my desk. Lyle Lovett provided the tunes that were the backdrop to meeting and falling in love with my husband — so when he sent this to me this morning, I took it as a really wonderful day after valentines gift.
I hope you have a great weekend….I’m trying to shut down some windows on my computer…these are all the things that I have left open for over the last week so that I wouldn’t forget about them and so that they can continue to feed me. Enjoy.
Fall is whizzing by but I am trying so hard to keep track of it. That halloween is in less than 2 weeks away is blowing my mind…I just hope that we don’t have a freak early snow again that knocks our power out for a week. I’m not over the 2011 version of that, so I am grateful it has been mild and the leaves are falling off the trees in their own time. I like having the opportunity to enjoy it.
I’ve got a lot going on this weekend…celebrating fall and kids; here are a few things on my mind.
I remember making these when I was kid….I think my kids need to make them.
My little guy is sick…. I am hopeful that this cure for his sore throat will be tasty (and I love the commercial at the end)
Who are your voting for? (I had a hard time choosing between Dan Pearson’s, Patricia Fox’s and one of John Wyer’s – I like the one with the walkway on top of the stonewall)
We are going cable free (so glad to eliminate telecoms from my life) — loving Air Parrot and Apple TV.
“A baby suspended in a wire cage attached to the outside of a high tenement block window. The cages were distributed to members of the Chelsea Baby Club in London who have no gardens” - 1937 via retronaut
This picture caught my eye (you can’t tell me it didn’t catch yours too)….When I lived in London, I had an acutual garden that was actually about this big and my girl was actually about this size at the time….but thankfully mine had stone walls and was ground level. Can you imagine?
Speaking of baby stuff, I have spent the day (actually the last many weeks) preparing and clearing out our attic, basement and barn in preparation for stocking at a booth at the annual Flea Market in my town. The truck is loaded and I am ready to go. If you are in the area….maybe you want a baby seat or two? or perhaps something from a selection of lamps…an old serger sewing machine? maybe a rocking horse? an old drawing board?….see you there tomorrow morning (hoping for good weather!).
We had fun this week making final harvests. (is your garden still producing…ours is really winding down fast!).
Our little lawn tractor trailer is full of every kind of melon, squash and pumpkin you can imagine (and there was more than just this!). If I have some extra time this weekend I am going to try (for the first time) to plant a winter garden. Some kale, beets, leeks and lettuce. I am curious how late I can harvest things here. Have you planted a winter garden? I am curious if there are any tips and tricks you might advise.