I’ve been struggling of late to simplify my life — to remove distractions, refocus my time on what is most important, reevaluate my environment to make it calming and relaxing, and in general weed out what isn’t crucial to me or my life. There is simply too much of everything, too many distractions, and I need peace. The problem of simplification is a common struggle among my friends and family.
In pursuit of my goal, I ran across a frelling awesome website, Zen Habits,that offered a number of useful resources for people trying to overcome overload in all areas of life. A blog that started in 2007, the site has an extensive back-file of useful simplifying and organizing information. As I know many of my library colleagues struggle with information overload and work overload, I would like to suggest this site as an ongoing resource (email & RSS updates available).
A sample post from the site is The Zen Mind: How to Declutter, which I found to be a short, helpful approach to sorting through physical clutter (and the principles translate pretty well to digital clutter too).
The author also has written a DRM-free and copyright-free eBook entitled The Simple Guide to a Minimalist Life. The first $5,000 in proceeds benefit the non-profit Guampedia. I have read through the first half of the book and am very impressed with the quality of content and simplicity of approach.
So go forth, declutter your life in all ways, and be free.