If you’re like me and you spend a lot of time using digital devices to get work done and manage your routine (finances, job, creative projects, etc.), it’s important to take some time now and then to engage in “tidying up” your files, apps, and cloud services. Yes, the wisdom of Marie Kondo can apply not just to the stuff in your closet or on your desk, but the stuff in your computer or tablet or phone as well. That’s going to be a big focus for me this month, starting today! #lifehacks
📺 Episode 8 of Essential Life
Take a tour through the bedroom we turned into a music, video & podcasting studio + sewing station for handmade goods! Plus some thoughts on practicing gratitude as an essentialist in the new year.
I don’t have time to do a whole write up, so here’s the gist of it: since I’m no longer using #Facebook to share family photos, I wanted to find a way to create a password-protected photo gallery. After some research, I tried out SmugMug. It works great! For only a few dollars a month, I can upload and present photos far more beautifully than I ever could on social media, it’s secure, and it’s ad-free. Simply perfect and just in time for the holidays. Now I can email or text the link & password to family and friends, and we’re off to the races. 👍
In a recent Essential Life video, I proposed an essentialism challenge where you pick a top goal for focus on for a week. For myself, I picked doing some pushups every night before bed. That went pretty well, so now I’ve decided to continue building on that habit. For the next few weeks I’m going to try doing one more pushup each night than the night before and see how far I get. Currently I’m only up to 16 which isn’t much, so hopefully I have some headroom. Maybe you’ll get to see a before/after photo eventually. 💪🏻
Like all the cool cats are doing, I switched my phone screen to grayscale. Now everything seems stark and moody, devoid of any flash and dazzle. But, in a way, it’s oddly compelling. Not sure I’ll keep it turned on for long, but for now I’m enjoying it. #lifehacks
Ray Kroc taught me this: to keep going no matter what happens is a valuable contributor to success.
Don’t let fear dictate your decisions. Take a flying leap of faith. Laugh at yourself. Chase the lion!
Do you struggle through meetings that seem to last forever? Do you wish you knew just what you were supposed to do after the meeting is over? Are there ways you can make meetings work for you, and not the other way around? Yes! There is hope, and here is what you can do.
Every year I choose three meaningful words to kick it off with a bang, plus I review the past year’s selection. Want to see how I did?
To do? Or…not to do? That is the question.
Often it is not in the events of our lives but in the spaces between them where we encounter the presence of Jesus.
Every year my wife and I select "3 words" to focus on and live by. Here's how I'm doing so far this year.
Be careful who you look up to and what you surround yourself with, for they will influence you whether you realize it or not.
You can't do it all on your own. You need help. Yes, you do.
My quest to learn the mysterious secret of contented living
It's important to write tasks down before you work on them, even if you're about to start on one right away
Inspired by blogger Chris Brogan, my wife and I select three words to live by for each year. Here are mine for 2013.
Celebrating what's right isn't just a feel-good mind trick. It is a spiritual gateway to a blessed life.
We all know we need to exercise more, get lots of sleep, etc. But it’s not just a task to check off, it’s a lifestyle priority.
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