Every Friday, I post a Simple Living News Update that includes links to some of my favorite articles of the week. In addition to the news update, I answer a reader question via video.
Sarah emailed me a few days ago and asked:
How do you limit your time on social media sites? What are some ways to set boundaries, so that I can get a little more work done?
For those of you who can’t watch the video, below is a summary of my talk.
5 Ways to Put Yourself on a Social Media Diet
1. Set a timer when you are on Twitter or Facebook.
2. Do one thing at a time.
3. Remember Twitter and Facebook are streams of information and you don’t have to keep up with everyone.
4. Work from a location that doesn’t have an internet connection or unplug the Internet from your computer.
Now onto the simple living news update. . .
“At the time we made the decision to move to Idaho, we were already brainstorming about a plan for our long-term happiness. We knew living where we did, downtown, wasn’t going to work for the dogs much longer and we ourselves needed more nature-interfacing. I’d researched alternative living arrangements (modern-day communes, etc.) near Portland, Ore., where we lived at the time. But the economic reality was that we had a better chance of making this happen if we lived near my family.”
“You suck up when you have little confidence in your work. That’s the primary reason. That’s why I did it.
When I have real confidence in my work, I approach perceived people of power differently. I approach them as a peer, a peer they don’t know about yet.”
“Free Work Must Also Add Value.
Just because something is free doesn’t mean it can’t or shouldn’t add value. In fact, if your free work doesn’t add value, you won’t sell any of your paid work.
Note: if you’re wondering why your paid work isn’t selling, take a look at your free work. Maybe it sucks.”
“Remember: adding warmth isn’t about adding stuff. An empty room with weathered wood floors and a single vase of flowers can be absolutely delightful. Rather, it’s about choosing our stuff with care, so that our homes are welcoming havens for our families, our guests, and ourselves. When you come home at the end of a long day, your space should always make you smile.”
Update on the PDX Meet-up
I got a chance to hang out with some amazing people including: Heather from Mile73, Dave from Dave Knows, Natalie from SweetPea Bicycles, Dusti from Minimalist Adventures, Mark from the Donating Drummer, Tomas Quinones, and a lot of readers.
Thank you for coming to the meet-up!
- We were profiled in the Oregonian today! Here’s a link to the article: Living in 400-square-feet in Northwest Portland and looking to downsize
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