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Leo Babauta — Universal Principles

Inspired by — Leo Babauta

Eliminate the unnecessary

Leo Babauta talks about choosing what to spend your time on.

Start to eliminate the unnecessary. When you do the important things with focus, without rush, there will be things that get pushed back, that don’t get done. And you need to ask yourself: how necessary are these things? What would happen if I stopped doing them? How can I eliminate them, delegate them, automate them?

How much time do you spend on things that really doesn’t matter?

To Simplify, by Rickydavid

January 27, 2011   Comments Off

The most insane schedule

Leo Babauta on being busy.

Industrial beauty, by monkeyc.net

In fact, often we compete by trying to show how busy we are. I have a thousand projects to do! Oh yeah? I have 10,000! The winner is the person who has the most insane schedule, who rushes from one thing to the next with the energy of a hummingbird, because obviously that means he’s the most successful and important.



January 17, 2011   2 Comments

Mediocre, late, or both

Seth Godin, in a guest post at Zen Habits, talks about why little companies get so much more out the door than big ones:

Because big companies have committees, groups of people designed to protect the status quo, to prevent failure, to avoid catastrophe. The committee is made up of humans, each of whom is battling her own version of the resistance. “If this ships, my boss will see it, and I might get fired.” “If this ships, a kid might use it, cut of his finger and I might get in trouble.” “If this ships, people are going to think it was my idea, and there’s a chance, just a chance, they might hate it.” Most of all, “if this ships, people might laugh at me.” And so the committee shoots for the lowest common denominator of safety, a product or service or idea that arouses no one’s lizard brain. Which means mediocre. Or late. Or both.

Both Hands, by Valentina

What does the resistance stop you from achieving?

March 15, 2010   Comments Off

Which product would you rather buy?

Seth Godin, talks about how a few people with courage will win over many without courage any day.

The iPod came from two people, Steve and Jonathan. The Zune came from 250. Which product would you rather own?

The pets would like to say hi, by normalityrelief

Which one would you buy?

February 19, 2010   Comments Off

Take responsibility for your life

A nice piece on taking responsibility for your life, by Leo Babauta.

There will be some among you who will admit that it would be nice to slow down, but you just can’t do it … your job won’t allow it, or you’ll lose income if you don’t do as many projects, or living in the city makes it too difficult to go slowly. It’s a nice ideal if you’re living on a tropical island, or out in the country, or if you have a job that allows control of your schedule … but it’s not realistic for your life.

I say bullshit.

Take responsibility for your life. If your job forces you to rush, take control of it. Make changes in what you do, in how you work. Work with your boss to make changes if necessary. And if really necessary, you can eventually change jobs. You are responsible for your life.

If you live in a city where everyone rushes, realize that you don’t have to be like everyone else. You can be different. You can walk instead of driving in rush hour traffic. You can have fewer meetings. You can work on fewer but more important things. You can be on your iPhone or Blackberry less, and be disconnected sometimes. Your environment doesn’t control your life — you do.

11/365, by Jonathan D. Blundell

Who’s controlling your life?

February 17, 2010   Comments Off

Happiness is possible right now

Cheops' Boat, Giza, Egypt, by Dr OnaLeo Babauta on Zen Habits, has something to say about happiness.

Don’t look at happiness as something that will come when you’re done with this goal, or when you’ve attained a certain accomplishment or certain amount of wealth or material goods. Don’t look at happiness as a destination, something that you’ll get later.

Happiness is possible right now. Always remember that. When you push it back until later, it’ll never come. When you learn to be happy now, it’ll always be here.

Live here, live now.

January 17, 2010   Comments Off