Archive for the Simplification Category
Posted on March 5, 2014 by LJ Earnest
In this day, most of us have two or three phones. Each of these phones have voice mail, and usually one of those phones is carried at all times. The amount of information coming from these phones can be overwhelming.
Let’s look at reducing the phone inputs.
Posted on February 19, 2014 by LJ Earnest
How many email addresses do you have? From how many places do you get email? How much of that email is not relevant?
In today’s article about reducing inputs, we are going to tackle that modern miracle and bane: email.
Posted on February 12, 2014 by LJ Earnest
One of the things about modern life is we have way more information coming at us than people in any other time. The only way to keep from being sucked under is to reduce the inputs that we have flying at us.
David Allen recommends reducing the inboxes. Since Getting Things Done was written, I think there are even more inboxes coming at us.
Posted on February 5, 2014 by LJ Earnest
I’ve been writing a lot about simplicity lately, and I realized that many people might not see the connection between simplicity and productivity that drives not only my research and writing, but also my life, from a very fundamental place.
Simplicity matters to productivity in the most basic way possible: I believe that complication hinders productivity, and that only by simplifying every aspect of my life can I be the most productive person I can be…
I think that this is best shown my examples, so here are ways that I simplify my life to make it more productive.
Posted on January 29, 2014 by LJ Earnest
I know I am not the only one who struggles with this, because when I see people looking for information on their phone it seems like they are tapping all over the place as well.
My phone is cluttered. I’ll bet your phone is cluttered too.
And it’s hurting your productivity.
Posted on January 22, 2014 by LJ Earnest
You’ve gone through everything in your house. The closets are emptied, the drawers organized. All your clothes fit. Bags are waiting to be donated, bags are waiting for the trash. Oh, the bliss of being done!
Except you’re not. Decluttering is not a one-time thing. Let’s take a look at how to make it work ongoing.
Posted on January 15, 2014 by LJ Earnest
Recently I ran across an article that claimed that because “stuff” was in storage boxes, it wasn’t clutter.
I disagree. Strongly.
Clutter is stuff that isn’t used. Organization is how you store things you use. I believe that by definition, that means clutter cannot be organized. Here is why:
Posted on January 8, 2014 by LJ Earnest
The holidays are over, and I find myself packing up the holiday decorations. After opening boxes that contained decorations we didn’t use (and haven’t used for some time), I started thinking about hidden clutter and how it takes up room…without our being aware of it.
Today I want to talk about how to find hidden clutter, and how to purge it.