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Podcast 145: Create stabilizing structure

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by Listen or subscribe here: iTunes ? Stitcher ?. Soundcloud ? YouTube ? Google Play ? iHeartRadio You can leave a review here! ClutterCoachClaire · Create stabilizing structure. This is podcast 145 and it’s about creating stabilizing structure. I’ve talked about this before but today I’ll give it a different slant because many people during this pandemic quarantine time have lost their daily regular routines and schedules.

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Podcast 147: Still not starting

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by Listen or subscribe here: iTunes ? Stitcher ?. Soundcloud ? YouTube ? Google Play ? iHeartRadio You can leave a review here! Hi, everyone. I’m posting one of my early podcasts about dealing with not being able to get started. I’m doing that partly because I feel stressed out and uncreative and have zero ideas for what to write about today. And I’m posting this particular one because I think it’s helpful information for our current situation.

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Podcast 146: Tips for supporting staff remotely

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by Listen or subscribe here: iTunes ? Stitcher ?. Soundcloud ? YouTube ? Google Play ? iHeartRadio You can leave a review here! ?. Today I’m talking to Renee Green who is operations manager at a small software company. We’ll talk about the abrupt transition to working at home and how it’s going, and how things may go in the future. In particular, we’ll talk about the challenges of working remotely, especially when there’s been no advance preparation or experience.

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Podcast 144: Organizing to soothe your soul

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by Listen or subscribe here: iTunes ? Stitcher ?. Soundcloud ? YouTube ? Google Play ? iHeartRadio You can leave a review here! ?. Try Clean Email today ! This is podcast 144 and it’s about organizing to soothe your soul. If you’ve got the motivation, energy and focus for a project, you’ve probably already started one. I hope you’ve gotten some helpful info from my podcasts. Is your email inbox on overload? It probably is, despite your best efforts.

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Podcast 143: Tips from work-at-home veterans

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by Listen or subscribe here: iTunes ? Stitcher ?. Soundcloud ? YouTube ? Google Play ? iHeartRadio. You can leave a review here! ?. In this podcast I talk to two women, Melissa Kirk and Mimi Heft, who normally work at home to get some tips for the rest of us who are suddenly now doing that.

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Podcast 142: Divergent thinking with Ryan Rawson

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by Listen or subscribe here: iTunes ? Stitcher ?. Soundcloud ? YouTube ? Google Play ? iHeartRadio You can leave a review here! Today’s podcast is an interview with Ryan Rawson, a self described divergent thinker, who is now working at home due to our current pandemic. We talked about the difficulties of divergent thinking and also the benefits of it, and how that’s affected his ability to work effectively at home.

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Podcast 141: Quarantine organizing

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by Listen or subscribe here: iTunes ? Stitcher ?. Soundcloud ? YouTube ? Google Play ? iHeartRadio You can leave a review here! This is podcast 141 and it’s called quarantine organizing. It’s a bonus episode I decided to record to give you all something to do while we are under quarantine. You’re stuck at home with all your stuff. You can’t get away from it now! Ha, ha! Seriously, why not use some of the extra time we all have now to do some little organizing projects.

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Podcast 139: Artist Kasey Smith on managing creative and work time

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by Listen or subscribe here: iTunes ? Stitcher ?. Soundcloud ? YouTube ? Google Play ? iHeartRadio You can leave a review here! ?. This is Podcast 139 and it’s an interview with artist Kasey Smith who I met when she was the curator for the Oakland Figment art festival. Kasey creates site specific installations, performances, and art events with a focus on the ephemerality of the cityscape. She’s a busy artist and also works full time so we talked about fitting all that in.

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Podcast 138: Interview with Elaine Birchall

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by Listen or subscribe here: iTunes ? Stitcher ?. Soundcloud ? YouTube ? Google Play ? iHeartRadio You can leave a review here! ?. This is podcast 138 and, as promised, it’s my interview with Canadian social worker Elaine Birchall, who’s worked for 18 years helping hoarders. She has a book out called Conquer the Clutter. We talk about the three criteria of hoarding, the TV show Hoarders and the paths to becoming a hoarder.

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Podcast 137: The emotional cost of clutter, part two

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by Listen or subscribe here: iTunes ? Stitcher ?. Soundcloud ? YouTube ? Google Play ? iHeartRadio You can leave a review here! This is podcast 137 and it’s a follow up to one of my earliest podcasts, the emotional cost of clutter. I’m revisiting this today as a teaser for my next episode, an interview with Elaine Birchall whose new book is called Conquer the Clutter. She’s a social worker who’s helped hoarders release their clutter and become free of guilt, shame and stress for about 17 years.

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Podcast 136: I’m not in the mood!

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by Listen or subscribe here: iTunes ? Stitcher ?. Soundcloud ? YouTube ? Google Play ? iHeartRadio You can leave a review here! This is podcast 136 and it’s about not being in the mood, dang it. On this podcast I talk about ways to have less clutter, use your time effectively and be organized with what I hope is a light touch rather than a rigid prescription. I talk about the benefits of habits, but without the regimentation of doing things like clockwork, or else.

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Podcast 135: Organizing a creative, busy life with family

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by Listen or subscribe here: iTunes ? Stitcher ?. Soundcloud ? YouTube ? Google Play ? iHeartRadio You can leave a review here! ? . You can see the video interview on YouTube here. In this episode I talk to my friend Adam Davis who’s a musician, artist, husband and dad who teaches at a local gym and also gives guitar lessons. How does he juggle all that?

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Podcast 134: Set achievable goals

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by Listen or subscribe here: iTunes ? Stitcher ?. Soundcloud ? YouTube ? Google Play ? iHeartRadio You can leave a review here! This is podcast 134 and it’s about setting achievable goals. We live in a culture where we’re encouraged to set daring goals for ourselves. There’s even an acronym, BHAG, that stands for big, hairy, audacious goal.

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Podcast 133: How to create good habits

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by Listen or subscribe here: iTunes ? Stitcher ?. Soundcloud ? YouTube ? Google Play ? iHeartRadio You can leave a review here! ?. This is podcast 133 and it’s about how to create good habits. I was inspired by reading a review of a new book called Good Habits, Bad Habits, by psychologist Wendy Wood. The author says what I already knew and have podcasted about before; that willpower has little to do with forming good habits, or being successful, or even having self control.

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Podcast 132: Decision controls

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by Listen or subscribe here: iTunes ? Stitcher ?. Soundcloud ? YouTube ? Google Play ? iHeartRadio You can leave a review here! This is podcast 132 and it’s about decision controls. This episode is sponsored by Clean Email, the answer to email inbox overload. I’ve written about ways to clear out that clutter, but you can save time by using the Clean Email app.

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Podcast 131: How to avoid multitasking

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by Listen or subscribe here: iTunes ? Stitcher ?. Soundcloud ? YouTube ? Google Play ? iHeartRadio. You can leave a review here! This is podcast 131: how to avoid multitasking. By now you’ve heard, if not from me, then from many others, that multitasking is a bad idea. That’s true. It’s not effective. It makes your work take longer, you’ll make more mistakes and it increases your chances of not finishing the main thing you need to do because you’ve gone down so many rabbit holes.

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Podcast 130: The danger of all or nothing thinking

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by Listen or subscribe here: iTunes ? Stitcher ?. Soundcloud ? YouTube ? Google Play ? iHeartRadio You can leave a review here! This is Podcast 130 and it’s about the danger of all or nothing thinking. This kind of thinking can get you energized about an organizing project or even ongoing maintenance when you’re on the “all” side of the equation, but it has obvious drawbacks when you end up on the “nothing” side. Once a client hired me to help her refine her filing system.

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Podcast 129: Track others’ work

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by Listen or subscribe here: iTunes ? Stitcher ?. Soundcloud ? YouTube ? Google Play ? iHeartRadio You can leave a review here! This is podcast 129 and it’s about keeping track of the work of other people. Recently I consulted with someone about making sure to do’s got done at work. But not his to do’s, his assistant’s. He’s a pretty organized guy. He gets things done and so do others in his office. He trusts his assistant. But every once in a while something slips through the cracks.

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Podcast 128: Time scorpions

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by Listen or subscribe here: iTunes ? Stitcher ?. Soundcloud ? YouTube ? Google Play ? iHeartRadio You can leave a review here! This is podcast 128 and it’s about finding the hidden ways your time is being spent. These are things that are hiding in plain sight but we don’t notice them because they’re always there, or we discount how much time they take, or they are so habitual that we truly can’t see them. But it’s not about rooting them out. It’s about noticing them.

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Podcast 127: Tidy vs. organized

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by Listen or subscribe here: iTunes ? Stitcher ?. Soundcloud ? YouTube ? Google Play ? iHeartRadio You can leave a review here! This is podcast 127 and it’s about tidy vs. organized. A lot of the time, they go together. If your possessions have homes and make sense and they get put back in those homes when not in use, tidiness will usually result. If an item’s home is 2/3rds of the way down a big, precarious pile of paper, it’s organized, but not that tidy.

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Podcast 126: Quick tips for tight spots

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by Listen or subscribe here: iTunes ? Stitcher ?. Soundcloud ? YouTube ? Google Play ? iHeartRadio You can leave a review here! This is podcast 126 and it’s about quick tips to get you out of tight spots. Things you can do when you feel a bit panicked that things are out of control and you don’t know what to do next. I had that feeling the other day when several situations seemed to be going off the rails at once. It happens.

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Podcast 125: Process over results

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by Listen or subscribe here: iTunes ? Stitcher ?. Soundcloud ? YouTube ? Google Play ? iHeartRadio You can leave a review here! ?. This is podcast 125 and it’s about focusing on process rather than results. Someone I met recently has decided finally to declutter and get organized and is fired up about it. The time has come! Let’s go! While I admire his enthusiasm, I cautioned him that his project might be a bit too ambitious. Maybe his reach exceeds his grasp.

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Podcast 124: Interview with mom-preneur Stefanie Gass

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by Listen or subscribe here: iTunes ? Stitcher ?. Soundcloud ? YouTube ? Google Play You can leave a review here! This is podcast 124 and it’s an interview with mom-preneur Stefanie Gass. Her business supports and inspires female entrepreneurs, especially moms. She has a podcast, The Mompreneur Mastermind Show and courses are available on her website Stefanie gass.com. We had a delightful conversation about Stefanie’s system for prioritizing and scheduling tasks to meet her goals.

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Podcast 124: Interview with mom-preneur Stephanie Gass

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by Listen or subscribe here: iTunes ? Stitcher ?. Soundcloud ? YouTube ? Google Play You can leave a review here! This is podcast 124 and it’s an interview with mom-preneur Stephanie Gass. Her business supports and inspires female entrepreneurs, especially moms. She has a podcast, The Mompreneur Mastermind Show and courses are available on her website Stephanie gass.com. We had a delightful conversation about Stephanie’s system for prioritizing and scheduling tasks to meet her goals.

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Podcast 123: More baby steps

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by Listen or subscribe here: iTunes ? Stitcher ?. Soundcloud ? YouTube ? Google Play You can leave a review here! This is podcast 123 and because of the July 4 th holiday, it’s a rerun of one of my favorites: Baby Steps. Today’s podcast is based on Simple Way #21 in my book. It’s about taking baby steps to advance whatever project you’re working on.

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Podcast 122: Do I hate it?

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by Listen or subscribe here: iTunes ? Stitcher ?. Soundcloud ? YouTube ? Google Play You can leave a review here! This is podcast 122 and it’s about adding a third question: do I hate it? I’ve written about Marie Kondo’s favorite question: does it spark joy? And about my version, which adds a question: Do I love it? Do I need it? Now we’ll add that third question that comes in handy in some situations. A friend suggested this new question.

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Organize your garage with Monkey Bars!

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Well, these bars don’t come with any cute monkeys to entertain you, but they’re cleverly designed. I really like the way you can have two layers of items hanging parallel to the wall; very creative maximization of space.

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Podcast 121: The pop out effect

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by Listen or subscribe here: iTunes ? Stitcher ?. Soundcloud ? YouTube ? Google Play You can leave a review here! ?. This is the podcast 121 and it’s about the pop out effect. The pop out effect occurs when you look at a screen of green circles and can easily identify the one red circle. It’s the only one that’s not green so visually it pops out at you. You don’t have to think about it. It’s immediate. The effect is also seen in criminal lineups.

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Podcast 120: Rewarding yourself

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by Listen or subscribe here: iTunes ? Stitcher ?. Soundcloud ? YouTube ? Google Play You can leave a review here! This is Podcast 120 and it’s about rewarding yourself. It seems logical that having a reward to look forward to would motivate you to complete a task. You tell yourself, once I finish writing my book, I’ll take a nice vacation. Once I complete the bike marathon this summer, I’ll buy those new shoes I’ve been wanting.

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Podcast 119: Having stuff

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Listen or subscribe here: iTunes ? Stitcher ? Soundcloud ? YouTube ? Google Play You can leave a review here! This is podcast 119 and it’s about having stuff. Many of my shows are about this topic, of course. A lot of the time, I encourage you to have less and to get rid of things that you don’t need or really want anymore. Especially things that are broken or out of date or that you haven’t used in a million years.

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Podcast 118: What to do when you’re overwhelmed

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Listen or subscribe here: iTunes ? Stitcher ? Soundcloud ? YouTube ? Google Play You can leave a review here! This is podcast 118 and it’s about what to do when you’re overwhelmed. Sometimes, “just do it,” the subject of my previous podcast, isn’t going to work. There are days when stressful situations pile up to the point where you really can’t function, or you can see that you’re operating way below normal and really not getting anything done.

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Podcast 117: Just do it!

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by Listen or subscribe here: iTunes ? Stitcher ?. Soundcloud ? YouTube ? Google Play You can leave a review here! ?. This is podcast 117 and it’s called Just do it! I guess I have to mention Nike so they don’t sue me for co-opting their slogan. Here’s some weird trivia for you. That slogan was inspired by murderer Gary Gilmore’s last words before he was executed: “Let’s do it.” ” Maybe “inspired” isn’t quite the right word there.

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Podcast 116: The perils of storage space

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by Listen or subscribe here: iTunes ? Stitcher ?. Soundcloud ? YouTube ? Google Play You can leave a review here! This is podcast 116 and it’s about the perils of storage space. Are you scared? You should be! I came across a post on the website Becoming Minimalist, which has some great tips on downsizing for families. This post cited statistics about how much stuff people own and how much room it takes up. Here are some of them.

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Podcast 115: Interview with Gretchen Rubin

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by Listen or subscribe here: iTunes ? Stitcher ?. Soundcloud ? YouTube ? Google Play You can leave a review here! ?. This is podcast 115 and it’s my interview with Gretchen Rubin, author of the brand new book Outer Order, Inner Calm. The subtitle is “declutter and organize to make more room for happiness.” ” I’m excited because this is the first time I’ve done an interview for the podcast and it turned out great. Gretchen was delightful to talk to.

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Podcast 114: Organizing systems for growth

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by Listen or subscribe here: iTunes ? Stitcher ?. Soundcloud ? YouTube ? Google Play You can leave a review here! ?. This is Podcast 114 and it’s about organizing systems to cope with growth and change. I’m about to start an office organizing project. This small company is growing fast and they’ve increased their office space by a little more than half. And suddenly chaos is busting out all over.

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Review of Gretchen Rubin’s new book

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I’m excited to announce that I got to interview Gretchen Rubin for my podcast! I’ll be publishing that episode on March 14. Gretchen’s new book is called Outer Order, Inner Calm and it came out last Friday. The subtitle is “declutter and organize to make more room for happiness.” Right up my alley! In fact, a lot of the ideas in this book are ones I use with my clients and ones I put in my own book, 52 Simple Ways to Get Organized. Great minds think alike, right?

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Where Does Clutter Come From?

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Originally posted 2012-05-08 10:40:45. Republished by Blog Post Promoter Clutter comes from many sources; a primary one is what we call delayed decision making.

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Podcast 113: Konmari method pros and cons

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by Listen or subscribe here: iTunes ? Stitcher ?. Soundcloud ? YouTube ? Google Play You can leave a review here! This is Podcast 113 and it’s about the Konmari method, Marie Kondo’s magic way of tidying up. There are pros and cons to the method. I’ll talk about why it might not work for you and why that’s okay, and how you can tweak it to suit you. What’s good about the Konmari method? She wants you to take everything you own out and examine it.

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Want to KonMari with me?

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by I think it’s safe to say KonMari is a verb that’s trending right now in early 2019. Are you looking to KonMari your house? Seems like everyone in America is right now. Marie Kondo’s Netflix show, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, has touched a nerve with many. Her approach is very simple, does this possession spark joy or not? In practice, you’re going to find things like old tax returns that don’t really spark joy, but you keep them anyway, for other good reasons.

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Podcast 112: Daily habits

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by * Listen or subscribe here: iTunes ? Stitcher ?. Soundcloud ? YouTube ? Google Play You can leave a review here! ?. This is Podcast 112 and it’s about habit development. I recently started coaching through an app called Coach.me. Their approach is to focus on creating small daily habits. The daily part is key. If you can do your new, positive habit even just for a minute every day, that’s better than doing an hour once a week.

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Podcast 111: Quit sorting

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by Listen or subscribe here: iTunes ? Stitcher ?. Soundcloud ? YouTube ? Google Play You can leave a review here! This is Podcast 111 and it’s called quit sorting. Like last time, this podcast is based on what I’ve gotten from reading a book called Algorithms to Live By. There are a bunch of sorting algorithms. Sorting is a common task a computer is asked to do.

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Podcast 110: What’s in your cache?

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by Listen or subscribe here: iTunes ? Stitcher ?. Soundcloud ? YouTube ? Google Play You can leave a review here! ?. This is podcast 110 and it’s about algorithms! If you have math fear, please don’t run away. This isn’t going to be about math. An algorithm, as far as I can figure out, is a process to achieve a particular result. It’s not a single rule or formula. It involves a number of steps.

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Podcast 101: Stop acquiring

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by Subscribe: iTunes ? Stitcher ? Soundcloud ? YouTube ? Google Play. You can leave a review here! This is podcast 101 and it’s called stop acquiring. Last time I talked about completion, that is, including time to put away whatever you just brought home or got in the mail or used for some purpose or that’s out because someone else didn’t put it away. Sure, blame someone else. It stands to reason that the more stuff you have, the more completion you need to do.

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