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Things for MAC

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Things is a delightful and easy to use task manager. You’ll get started in no time, entering and organizing your to-dos. You’ll discover how Things truly makes you more productive. And soon you’ll realize that achieving your goals comes more naturally – one to-do at a time.

Agilebits – 1Password

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Put Passwords In Their Place: 1Password gives you the security you need in today’s online world without slowing you down. 1Password makes you more productive while simultaneously increasing your security with strong, unique passwords for all your accounts and keeps all of your important information encrypted and secure.

Trek Desk

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Coach while you walk on your treadmill! Great exercise – no more sitting at your desk! I own the Walk ‘N Work which was available last year, but I like the functionality of the TrekDesk even better. It wraps around to give even more desk space for my “stuff.” Available at Amazon.com. 

Brother Labeler

Brother PT-2700There is nothing, absolutely NOTHING that has helped me get and STAY organized like this labeler (bless you Erica the organizer for introducing me to it). Over the past 5 years, I have learned to label everything from file folders (obvious) to light switches (not so obvious) to my FOFA (see above).

The reason this is such a breakthrough for me is that 1) my handwriting sucks and even I can’t read it; 2) labels allow my brain to NOT memorize trivia and let me read it instead; and 3) the labels are usually repositionable so I can move them when I need to fine tune my system.

People have told me that they just use pieces of masking tape and write on them but that doesn’t work for me because of my handwriting, but also because my perfectionist side wants uniformity in my labels. If they are different sizes and colors and ink is different, my ADD brain will get sidetracked trying to figure it out again. Then, what’s the point?

A side note: the labeler itself isn’t too expensive (Available at Amazon) — usually even a fabulous one that hooks to your computer is about $70 – $100 – often much less when at Costco or another discount store. BUT the labels are terribly expensive…like $20 a roll. So I order mine online from Costco where they are a mere $10 a roll — four to a package. The T3 is the one I use most — 1/2 inch.

Get Serious

Get seriousThe best spot carpet cleaner in the universe (and with two dogs and several puppyhoods, I have tried them all). This kinda silly looking bottle has some super-charged liquid inside. The process is different from the scrub and clean and scrub again I’ve done in the past.

First you squirt some Get Serious (available at Amazon or PetSmart) on the spot (after removing any, uh, solid material) in a zig-zap pattern  – don’t soak it or saturate the carpet. Then take a stiff brush – not a grill brush, but a kitchen brush like a vegetable cleaner or a brush you’d use to wash dishes). In a circular pattern, work the Get Serious into the carpet until it foams and bubbles. Keep doing it a little longer (should take less than a minute).

Then be ready to blot the spot with an old towel (several thicknesses, please, so it really sucks that stain out completely). I even put my weight on top of the folded towel to help things along. Leave the towel in place for at least half an hour. When you pick up the towel, the spot is gone!

If you have a really tough spot, you might need to repeat the process or Get Serious recommends heating the liquid for stubborns stains.

Warning: this stuff cleans so well, it might make the rest of your carpet look dirty! Be prepared to shampoo regularly (but you do that anyway, right???).

aweber.com – newsletters/autoresponder

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I admit it: there has never been another autoresponder in my life! I was steered in the right direction from the very beginning of my techno career and I’ve never regretted a moment of it. Aweber gets newsletters delivered, honors the internet’s opt in policy and has new templates plus blog post capability. Great for list building (and their tech support is superb!)

Coming soon …

the BEST bluetooth headset for your cell phone

the BEST wireless headset to free you from your land line

the BEST summer sandals to support those aching arches