To me, simplifying means heading down the path toward the following: Emptying my calendar of obligations that don’t fulfill me or my family. Curbing the addiction to material possessions (<—- click for article) Eliminating as many of my subscriptions and memberships as I can. Filling my life with fresh air, exercise and friends rather than … Read moreWhat simplifying means to me
I couldn’t agree more with Fred Lee’s post on Wise Bread about exercising to cure the economic blues. Yep, research shows that exercise can reduce depression and anxiety. And increased mental health is only ONE of the many great reasons to get more exercise. Personally, I like sleeping better and having more confidence and energy. … Read moreHow to exercise and stick with it
Everyone’s been talking about President Obama and the enormous problems he needs to fix to get our country back in shape. Instead of sitting back and waiting for change to happen, let’s all step up and do our part to help out. It can begin tomorrow with a volunteer opportunity on MLK Day. Check out … Read moreA call to service
I really like the candor of Danielle LaPorte’s post on Unclutterer today, which gives the Top 4 By-Default Clutter Choices. These are choices we make, she says. Clutter doesn’t just happen: My [insert name of well-meaning relative] gave it to me and I just can’t throw it out. This is tricky. But it gets down … Read moreClutter is a choice
Three simple habits to keep your life tidier and more organized in 2009: Clear out the trash. Every time you step out of your car (e.g., when you arrive at home, the office, the store, etc), make it a habit to collect any trash from inside the car (no matter how small!) and dispose of … Read moreThree (very) simple habits to change in the New Year
When I need to relax and organize my thoughts, I rely on the simple power of meditation. Never meditated before? No problem! The Meditation Podcast is a guided meditation which is free and easy to download. In guided meditation, you hear a person’s voice asking you to imagine things which fill your mind with peaceful … Read moreGive yourself 20 minutes
I really like blog posts that challenge me to do better. Like this one from Susan Sabo’s Productivity Cafe. Her advice motivated me to stop procrastinating on something important I’ve been meaning to do. What I did: According to Susan, acknowledging your procrastination and telling someone about it are the first steps. First, I told … Read moreHow to stop procrastinating
I really like Rachel Meeks’ simple living blog called Small Notebook. Rachel was featured in U.S. News and World Report magazine this month, where she talks about the time that is consumed by owning things. “So much of [people’s] time and resources goes into our stuff, to organize, dust, clean, [and] fix it. When you … Read moreMore stuff = less time
An inspiring article on my favorite productivity site called Zen Habits talks about the importance of paying attention to your obsession, whatever that may be. Have a great day, everyone.
We all have long lists of tasks we need to do around the house which we continue to put off. Am I right? Case in point: I had been meaning to clean the first floor windows and the vertical blinds of my house (screens, panes and sills) for many, many months. But I just could NOT … Read moreHow to (finally) complete those projects around the house!