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Finding the Simple Life

June 30, 2010

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.

“Finding the Simple Life”

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  2. John Says:

    Great website! Thanks!

    (P.S. – Good to know you’re a Farscape fan!)

  3. Ann Pendleton Says:

    Great website, Sarah. I’ve noticed that library people tend to have a clutter problems–books, and that kind of thing, of course. :)

  4. Bobbi Newman Says:

    Sarah – I’ve been working towards the same goal and discovered Zen Habits about 6 months ago! Its one of my favorite blogs. Another of my “new” favorites is http://www.positivityblog.com/ not so much about decluttering, but I feel it helps me keep feeling centered.

  5. Carolyn Fagan Says:

    Thanks for the great website tip.

  6. Sarah Says:

    Oh yes John, a big Farscape fan. Most people don’t catch my use of “frelling.” Well done sir! I even want to name my next female cat “Aeryn.” If I had kids, they’d be getting Farscape names, but luckily no kids for me.

  7. rcn Says:

    Thanks for this post. I seek simplicity and minimalism in my life too. You’re right – there’s just too much of everything, and some of us must just cut through the chaos.

  8. Krista Says:

    Ohhhh… I need this too. Thanks!

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  10. Lori Reed Says:

    Sounds like we are all on similar paths at the same time. We are using our move as a way to declutter and simplify our life but wow is moving a lot of work and exhausting!

  11. Shelley Says:

    Frelling?

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