Archive for May, 2012
Posted on May 31, 2012 by LJ Earnest
A couple of years ago I wrote a post called “10 Things You Don’t Know About Me.” It was kind of a lark, but I have heard from many people over the past few months about how that post really helped them connect with what I was saying. I’ve been told it made me seem more human, and showed that I was actually a person going through these things along with you. So I thought I would share another 10 things that you don’t know about me.
Posted on May 30, 2012 by LJ Earnest
One of the aspects of living a simpler, saner life is to eliminate stress.
Yet so many times, I hear people talk about difficulties that they are having with individuals, only to follow it up with a vow to try harder to get along. Or to try new methods to deal with difficult people.
In other words, more exposure to the stressor.
Posted on May 29, 2012 by LJ Earnest
On Tuesdays I pull the best of my blog readings to share with readers. Topics can come from anywhere, and cover anything. This week I talk about mail, logic fallacies, Moleskines, finding options, whiners and lies we tell ourselves.
Posted on May 28, 2012 by LJ Earnest
An airplane pilot goes through a pre-flight checklist of things that she must do in order to make sure the plane is in working order before attempting to take off. It minimizes the risk of equipment failure, and gives the pilot the best chance at an incident-free flight.
Checklists aren’t just for pilots, though. Pre-flight checklists can save the average person time, money and effort. Here are three examples.
Posted on May 25, 2012 by LJ Earnest
I love seeing how other people work on the go. But honestly, some of these “can’t live without” devices are way too pricey. I certainly don’t have $500 to spend on a laptop bag, and I don’t know many people who do. So I thought I would write about the best tech travel gear – for the rest of us.
Posted on May 24, 2012 by LJ Earnest
Every now and then I run across a gem of a book that inspires me, entertains me, and motivates me to get up and do something. ENUFF: Eliminate the Needless, Useless, Foolish, and Frivolous by Kate Carpenter is one of those books.
The book starts out with a definition of a white elephant: “a burdendome possession which cannot be disposed of but the cost is out of proportion to its worth.” It then goes on to ask: “How do you carve an elephant? By starting with a large block of stone and chip away everything that doesn’t look like an elephant.” And then asks the related question…”How do you create the life that you want?”
Posted on May 23, 2012 by LJ Earnest
“Lowering the bar” is a phrase that indicates we set our expectations and standards at a lower level. Most people perceive this as a negative thing; that we are lowering our standards to a “less than” level.
However, lowering the bar can actually simplify our lives and lead us to happiness.
Posted on May 22, 2012 by LJ Earnest
On Tuesdays I pull the best of my blog readings to share with readers. Topics can come from anywhere, and cover anything. This week I talk about free classes from MIT and Harvard, downsizing, jet lag, stain removal, and Gmail.