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Catch Location Calibration

Paloma Medina

Tags catch locations, organization, productivity

Catch Location Calibration

As promised, this is a continuation of our latest Ask Paloma post where we talked to Mimi about what to do when you have too many to-do lists. We left off with the promise of going deeper on catch locations.  What are catch locations? Most people store important information (including email addresses, meeting information, appointments, ideas, lists, etc) in places like apps on their phone, notebooks, calendar apps, Gmail, sticky notes, planners, and even napkins. Each of these are catch locations because it's where key info is "caught".  Why does thinking about catch locations matter?Because a major source of stress can come from having too many of them...


Ask Paloma -- Productivity Tools For Too Many To-Do Lists

Paloma Medina

Tags catch locations, productivity, to-do

Ask Paloma -- Productivity Tools For Too Many To-Do Lists

Welcome to our new series Ask Paloma, where Paloma answers a question submitted by a customer. It's like a transcript of a mini coaching session so we can all nerd out and learn together. This particular question was asked by 11:11 Supplies Store Manager, Mimi Solum, and covers some of the tools we'll cover at our upcoming workshop BRAIN-FRIENDLY PRODUCTIVITY TOOLS (held on June 23rd, 2018). Sign up here to attend this workshop.  THE QUESTIONMimi brought her most common frustration to the table: "I am a list addict. I have lists everywhere, in my planner, multiple notebooks, my phone, on scraps of paper in the...


Paper Rules: The Science of Laptops vs Pen & Paper

Paloma Medina

Tags analog, cognition, comprehension, memory, muscle memory, paper, studying

Paper Rules: The Science of Laptops vs Pen & Paper

Quick Tip Friday! Whether you're studying for school, or in a work meeting trying to process more information: Reach for paper (not your laptop) to get the most gains from your brain.   THE SCIENCE: Studies show that taking notes on paper, aka analog style, increases your brain's ability to both understand AND remember the information later (compared to taking notes on your trusty laptop).  One study found that students performed worse on tests of conceptual knowledge (vs strict memorizing) when they took notes on laptops instead of on paper.  Another study shows that writing with pen or paper improves retention of information (vs using...


A Brain-Friendly Alternative to New Year's Resolutions

Paloma Medina

Tags aspirations, goals, new year, resolutions

A Brain-Friendly Alternative to New Year's Resolutions

Looking for an alternative to the ambitious New Year's Resolution? Try quarterly resolutions (Q Resolutions), for a psychology-based method to slay those aspirations.  THE GISTRather than come up with a big whopper of a New Year's resolution, (which honestly freaks me out) you can break up the year into chunks by making quarterly resolutions (Q Resolutions) that build on each other. Let's illustrate this with an example -- let's say you want to exercise regularly in 2018 (one of my personal goals for 2018) -- here's how I'd transform this into Q Resolutions:  Q1 Resolution (Jan - March)Sign up for 1 super fun...


3 Ways to Take Care of Your Introvert-Side During the Holidays

Paloma Medina

Tags holidays, introversion, introverts

3 Ways to Take Care of Your Introvert-Side During the Holidays

Introversion is a spectrum, all of us are on it -- some of us are mild introverts and crave alone time less often than those of us who are strong introverts (who do best with a healthy amount of low-key time). Holidays can be especially hard for those of us on the introvert side of things. Company parties, family dinners, friend events, crammed stores, non-stop social invites -- all of these are designed for the stimulus-seeking extrovert. But what can you do if you feel like the holidays are just a long series of exhausting situations? Don't take it lying down...