Time Management

Things are really busy today, so I’m copping out and stealing a post from over at Zen Habits.  Interestingly, I suspect that if I were better able to manage tasks like Leo, I might have time for an honest-to-God blog entry.

Anyway, here are twelve great posts from Leo’s blog:

  1. Peaceful Simplicity: How to Live a Life of Contentment
  2. The Four Laws of Simplicity, and How to Apply Them to Life
  3. The Cure for What Ails You: How to Beat the Misery of Discontentment
  4. 30 Things to Do to Keep From Getting Bored Out of Your Skull at Work
  5. A Guide to Cultivating Compassion in Your Life, With 7 Practices
  6. 9 Steps to Achieving Flow (and Happiness) in Your Work
  7. 10 Simple Ways to Live a Less Stressful Life
  8. 15 Tips for Becoming as Patient as Job
  9. 12 Practical Steps for Learning to Go With the Flow
  10. Calm as a Monk: How Equanimity Can Save Your Sanity
  11. The Many Paths to Simplicity
  12. The Magical Power of Focus

What Matters Now or “Be Awesome.”

Found this linked through on the blog I Will Teach You To Be Rich.  Very appropriately timed.

The empowerment movement is upon us, it is facilitated by this Global Electronic Network known colloquially as the Internet, Web, or whatever.

The way that people interact and the way that business is done has forever changed.  It cannot – ever – be the way that it once was.  To come out ahead in the new economy (and by ahead, I mean make more of an impact, not necessarily more money) one must be able to harness its power.  How do you do this?  Two simple words: be awesome.

If you are awesome, people will find you.  People will support you, your cause, your business, or your charity.  If you are awesome, opportunities will be made available to you, and collaborations will take place.  If you are awesome, needed resources will appear, and goals will be met.

How do you become awesome?  Start with the quotes and eBook below.  Then, keep working at it.

Stop waiting around for bosses and companies to get better and complaining about how are you treated.  Build the skills—and use them—that will permit you to create the environment in which you want to live.

The antidote to[our multi-tasking, ADD society] is tough-mindedness, which I define as the ability to draw lines and boundaries within which we protect and preserve the mental and emotional space to do our work and to be true to our selves.

You grow (and thrive!) by doing what excites you and what scares you everyday, not by trying to find your passion.

Mental Clutter

When I clicked on this link, I thought that it would be some interesting discussion on the idea of clutter in one’s life.  I was right — it was interesting — but not in the way I thought it would be.  Watch the 2 minute clip from Minnesota Public Radio below:

Not familiar with James Ellory?  Check him out on Wikipedia (wearing, interestingly enough, one of the three suits he describes in his talk).

Now – I talk a lot about minimalism, about reduction of needs and wants, and especially reduction of stuff.  Does this mean that I’m seeking to attain minimalism levels like Mr. Ellory?  Absolutely not.

If you can’t tell from the short clip above, Mr. Ellory is a strange man.  This is proabably due in large part to the murder of his mother at a young age (from Wikipedia):

After his parents’ divorce, Ellroy and his mother relocated to El Monte, California.[7] In 1958, Ellroy’s mother was murdered. The police never arrested the perpetrator, and the case remains unsolved.

Ellory is one far end of the scale on which I am seeking balance.  As near I can tell, Ellroy has no family, and has only loose ties to the physical world that we share.  Perhaps this is why he is such a powerful author.  It certainly can’t be because he’s a voracious reader – he doesn’t read other author’s books for fear they will influence his work.

While Ellory may have successfully attained a minimalist lifestyle, he has foregone a family, and the (messy) trappings that necessarily come with it.

No, I do not aspire to be like Ellory in my minimalism, though I do aspire to be better.  I am working on a set of revised goals for the continued minimization of my life, but it is proving to be an uphill battle.  I am hopeful that on the upcoming school break, I’ll be able to make some serious progress on this project.  In the meantime, I will continue to seek a balance, and learn the lessons afforded to me by men like Ellory.