Seana’s Sampler, Volume 3

Pencils. Findings, thoughts, and discoveries that are making me smile.

This week I’m back with another episode of “Seana’s Sampler.” In no particular order, here are some findings, thoughts, and discoveries that are making me smile. I hope you’ll enjoy perusing this content and come away with something you like!

Seana’s Sampler

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Resource I’m Enjoying

Minimal Quest Logo. Pursuing minimalism.

On the third Tuesday of the month, I co-host an online chat group called “Minimal Quest.” We gather for an hour on the third Tuesday of the month to discuss pursuing minimalism and a more organized lifestyle. Each month, three Professionals Organizers (including me) share facts, advice, and strategies for identifying and focusing on what matters most, while eliminating anything that distracts from it.

This month, we will be talking about what to do with memorabilia that you no longer want. Can you sell it? How can you even find out?  Where can you transfer your excess memorabilia?

Since the arrival of the pandemic, this group has been meeting online, so there is no cost to attend. Want to join us? The fun starts at 7:00pm ET.  Visit this link for details on how to login.

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Habit I’m Forming

Do you spend significant time at your computer? Like most people, I’m online a lot. This month I’m trying out a few new key commands. I am a regular user of some of the more common ones, but I’m trying to learn a couple of new ones. It takes a bit of effort to get in the habit, but I know that once I’ve gotten onto using these shortcuts, they will save me some time. Here are a couple to try:

Control + F (Command + F on a Mac)

When you are reading an article online, use this key command to search for a phrase or keyword. The command pops up a box and makes it easy to type in what you are looking for. You can try it right now on this page and search for the word “tip.” Did you find it?

Control + N (Command + N on a Mac)

This key command allows you to quickly and easily start a new document within a program. I use this a lot when I’m writing, have an idea for another post, and want to start a new Word document. Rather than have to go up to the menu and click “New Document,” I can just hit this command and a new blank document appears.

Control + K (Command + K on a Mac)

This shortcut makes it easy to add a hyperlink to whatever you are writing. First, highlight the URL of the link you want to add and hit Control + C (or Command + C on a Mac), then highlight the words in your document which you want to link. Hit the shortcut and the hyperlink box will pop up, then you can hit Control + V (or Command + V on a Mac) to paste the link.

F5 (Command + R on a Mac)

This key shortcut refreshes the page in your browser. Yes, you can use your arrow to navigate to the refresh icon, but this is so quick and easy. I’m loving it!

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Quote I’ve Been Pondering

Enjoy where you are quote.

I heard this on television while exercising one morning and I thought it was so encouraging. Often, we beat ourselves up for not being where we want to be or having what we want to have. We think we don’t deserve to be happy until we have achieved certain goals or have lives that are perfect. This just isn’t true! Life is meant to be enjoyed. Yes, we may not have the job, home, career, friends, car, figure, etc. that we desire, but we shouldn’t postpone gladness while we work toward those things. Keep on trying, celebrate the small victories, and let yourself take pleasure in the journey.

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Solution I’m Loving

If you are a person who uses a variety of pens, pencils, and markers on a regular basis, this organizer may be just what you need. I like it because it takes advantage of vertical space while still providing separation for different types of supplies. The space at the bottom helps make the most of a small section of your work surface, which is especially helpful if you work at a desk that doesn’t have drawers.

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Tip I’m Sharing

When we are in a store or shopping online, almost all products look appealing. People are paid to show off all of a product’s positives. What they don’t share is how you are going to store the product when you get home. When we bring things into our space without forethought, we are likely to find ourselves shoving, stashing, or stacking it. Instead, have a clear plan for where you will put every new item that comes in. Will the shirt go in the closet? Is there space on the rod? Will the toy live in the playroom? If so, on which shelf? If I buy these shoes, will I give one away so this pair will fit on my rack? That kitchen appliance may be appealing, but where will it go in the cabinet? You get the idea: have a plan before you purchase.

INSTATIP: Before you buy, make sure you can answer the question: "Exactly where am I going to keep this?"

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Thanks for stopping by this latest sampler. Did any of these resonate with you?