Summer is winding down and September is just around the corner, so my Friday FIVE is dedicated to some fun back-to-schoolish items and opportunities. Enjoy!
ONE. Make good ole PB&J with just one handy utensil. Cool, eh? I only wish it could come with a NO sticky-jam mess guarantee — my sweet Chase leaves a jam trail. Learn more about the Peanut Butter and Jelly spreader, here.
TWO. My next pick is not a product, but an opportunity. It's called Limeades For Learning and I think it's cool. Sonic (as in the fast food chain) will donate up to half a million dollars to teachers' projects. All we have to do is order any drink and vote for the project you believe in. I take each of my boys out for a day of school shopping (started yesterday with Clark) and one or more of them invariably chooses Sonic for lunch.
FOUR. Number four is another opportunity. The core of creativity and effectual learning is curiosity. Generally we know this, but it's not often that we really act on it …
I happen to LOVE Curious George, because for me he is so full of curiosity. Sometime ago, on the Curious George website I found a printable PDF that says "I'm Curious About …" I HOPE you'll print this file ( Download George_curiosity ) and give one to your children (or grandchildren) or to a group of friends and let them fill it out. YOU need to fill one out too! When you take the opportunity to recognize your current curiosities and commit to them by writing them down, all kinds of good things start to churn in your sub-conscious. Besides that, you end up with a record of where you are in your personal quest for learning. Curiosity unleashes creativity and we all need more of that!
FIVE. Kids aren't the only people who can ramp up for September, get organized and figure out ways to manage things better. My last pick is the new THINGS software for Mac. I installed Things just under a week ago and I am working on implementing it into my life. I will undoubtedly still use my physical notebooks, but I think I've finally found a way to help me stay on top of more "things" more of the time.
With Evernote helping me capture and organize and Things helping me prioritize and accomplish, I'll soon be left without excuses.
NOTE: There is also a THINGS iPhone app that will sync with your Things program and allow you to work on and track your productivity on the go.