Edit Your Life, Part 5: Your Wardrobe | Zen Habits Quick note: Every Wedneday is Simplicity Day on Zen Habits, and for the next few weeks, these posts will be a series called “Edit Your Life,” looking at ways to simplify different parts of your life. I’m a former newspaper editor, and one of the things I learned was to edit brutally (no sarcastic comments about why I don’t do that with my blog posts). Cut out everything that’s not necessary, and you’ve got a more meaningful story. I highly recommend editing your life. Today’s edit: Edit your wardrobe. Take a look at your closet — is it stuffed full of clothes you don’t wear? If so, your wardrobe may be in need of editing. To edit your wardrobe, here are some simple steps: Pull out all the clothes from your closet. Personally, I simplified my wardrobe years ago. I still need to edit my wardrobe, though, on a regular basis. Simplify your wardrobe, and your life will be much simpler and stress-free. Related articles elsewhere: See also:
A Guide to Creating a Minimalist Home | Zen Habits Post written by Leo Babauta. Follow me on Twitter. I can’t claim that my home is completely minimalist, but it surely isn’t cluttered, and most people I know would call it a pretty minimalist home. One recent visitor saw my kitchen and remarked, “I’ve never seen a kitchen that looked so clean, so clear of stuff!” For example, on the floor of my kitchen/dining room area are just a few essentials: dining table (clear of any clutter), chairs, some counter stools, a high chair, a step stool for the kids. Is this kind of minimalist home devoid of character and fun and life? Benefits of a Minimalist Home I could probably go on for awhile about this, but let me just list a few key benefits: Less stressful. What a Minimalist Home Looks Like This would vary, of course, depending on your taste and how extreme of a minimalist you want to be. Minimal furniture. One room at a time. —Read more about simple productivity, focus and getting great things done in my book, The Power of Less.
Seven steps to overcoming procrastination | Top Stories IF YOU'RE constantly leaving work to pile up on your desk, there's a very good chance you might just be on the avoidance treadmill. Procrastination shouldn't be a long term strategy, but sometimes we all treat it as though it is. It happens to the best of us. The harsh reality is that procrastination is just a nice way of saying avoidance. So instead of succumbing to the dreaded beast – try these tips for overcoming procrastination: 1. Is it fear, is it that you don’t get on with someone, is it because you have to deliver bad news and you’re not sure how to go about it? 2. I usually do the things I'd prefer to avoid in the morning, so they are out of the way. 3. If you need to write yourself a script, do it. 4. 5. But only when you are finished. 6. See how good it feels to get something done that would normally sit in your in-tray for ages. 7. There are some things that we just aren’t suited to, or that we don’t have the expertise for. ARE you guilty of avoiding work like the plague?
Helping others leads to Twitter Success by Jamie Birch from Jeb Commerce (@jamieEBirch) on Twitter. I’ve found myself becoming increasingly more organized in my “Twitterating” (you can use that) the past month or so. When I first joined the Twitternation, I was, like others, skeptical and at times annoyed by the service. But since starting my own agency, I’ve become more engaged in Twitter and found one way to broaden your reach, identify and work with new partners, and connect with potential new clients. It’s now become a vital piece of my business and I think it can become the same for you. It’s a concept that is very basic and has been around forever – help others. Ok, I have a little more than that. There have been much discussion on how to use TweetDeck, so I’ll focus on TweetLater.com. The concept is this; Twitterers often use Twitter to find others that can help them with a problem they are encountering at that moment in time. So here is how I use it: Some things to remember:
Starting a blog? 12 ideas for blog posts I’m currently writing a chapter on blogging for a book on online journalism [ UPDATE: Now published ]. It includes 12 typical blog post types to kickstart ideas. Here are the examples I came up with – I’d welcome any more: Point 6 UPDATED January 20 2012 in response to this blog post (I’m now wondering: was that linkbait? : the best way to start blogging: simply link to something elsewhere that you feel is interesting, or (better) that you disagree with. : for a story or for a way of doing things . : a straightforward and easy way to create a post. : attend a relevant event – a conference, meeting, public talk, demonstration, or even just a conversation – and write about it. : this typically only works once you’ve established a readership and generated goodwill by contributing yourself on your blog and in comments on other blogs, or if it’s for a worthy cause. : there are two ways you can pick a fight on your blog – one good, and one bad.
7 Ways to Be Worth Following on Twitter ‘How do I get followers on Twitter?’ – it’s a question it seems everyone is asking. In this post Jo-Lynne (follow her at @dcrmom) shares some tips on being the kind of Twitter users people want to follow. Hi. I’m Jo-Lynne and I’m a Twitteraholic. Yes, I’m unashamedly and unapologetically addicted to Twitter. 1) Be Interesting It’s fine to announce what you’re doing and thinking and what you had for lunch, as long as you do it in a way that is entertaining to your followers. @subdiva could have said, “Packing to go to Disney tonight!” @rocksinmydryer could have said, “I hate dieting” but instead she wrote: “May I just say, for the record, that PORTION CONTROL STINKS? Of course not everything you post has to be clever, but if you’re just sharing your thoughts and happenings, try to make it worth reading. 2) Be Informative Not every tweet should answer the question, “What are you doing right now?” 3) Be Interactive Don’t be a “hit and run” tweeter! 4) Be Promotional 5) Be Personal
50 Ideas on Using Twitter for Business | chrisbrogan.com We really can’t deny the fact that businesses are testing out Twitter as part of their steps into the social media landscape. You can say it’s a stupid application, that no business gets done there, but there are too many of us (including me) that can disagree and point out business value. I’m not going to address the naysayers much with this. Instead, I’m going to offer 50 thoughts for people looking to use Twitter for business. Your mileage may vary, and that’s okay. Oh, and please feel free to reblog this wherever. 50 Ideas on Using Twitter for Business First Steps Build an account and immediate start using Twitter Search to listen for your name, your competitor’s names, words that relate to your space. Ideas About WHAT to Tweet Instead of answering the question, “What are you doing?” Some Sanity For You You don’t have to read every tweet. The Negatives People Will Throw At You Twitter takes up time. Some Positives to Throw Back What else would you add? Become a StudioPress Affiliate
Cyber Minimalist: How to Work (Almost) Completely Online | Zen Habits A couple of days ago, I did a little post that mentioned how I don’t use my hard drive to store my files, and that all my files are online. Well, that drew so much interest that I’ve decided to provide more detailed information on the topic. In the past year, I’ve decided to simplify my computing life and my work needs by trying to work, as much as possible, with online apps and online storage. I was tired of emailing myself files between home and work computers, or uploading files to web storage and syncing them between computers, or loading them onto flash drives. Enter online apps, and my newfound simplicity. Now, my computing life is much simpler than ever before. When Online Computing Would Work For You I must stress that this online solution I’ve been using is not for everyone. But there might be some who would benefit from online solution. You use multiple computers. My Online Solution – How I Work Let me stress, again, that this is my solution. Word processing and spreadsheets.