Focus: A Simplicity Manifesto in the Age of Distraction

by Leo Babauta

The author writes, “At the heart of this simple book lies the key to many of the struggles we face these days, from being productive and achieving our goals, to getting healthy and fit in the face of fast food and inactivity, to finding simplicity and peace amidst chaos and confusion. That key is itself simple: focus. Our ability to focus will allow us to create in ways that perhaps we haven’t in years. It’ll allow us to slow down and find peace of mind. It’ll allow us to simplify and focus on less-on the essential things, the things that matter most. ->

Simple Steps to Declutter Your Office

Can you stand staying in an office where there are many clutters? What I mean is there are many things on top of your desk, piles of reports are everywhere, magazines are not organized and papers are scattered on the floor. Having this kind of office, can you still locate easily what you need to accomplish your task? Can you maintain your productivity with the many clutters all around you? If your answer is NO, let me help you with the simple steps to declutter your office.

A clutter free office is very important since you will be welcoming visitors to stay in your office while discussing important matters. Sometimes your boss checks your office to monitor you. There are also times that you need the important files to be part of your reports. If all your things are messing around your office, you will not be productive in your daily tasks. With this, you have to start organizing your office.

One of the simple ways to declutter your office is to remove unnecessary equipments. Since you will not need them, then, start removing them to have a bigger space in your office. If you think that you have lots of shelves already in your office, remove some of it or give it to other offices that need extra shelves. Get rid also of boxes which make your office looks untidy. Place all your things or office supplies to the right storage. With this, you will be amazed of the extra space that you can use onwards.

Moreover, declutter your office by maintaining a clean desktop. Place only the important things you need on top of your table. Get away with those things that have no bearing in your work. However, if you think that you need to place some extra papers on your desk, you can use a tray or folders that will keep them intact. Use also drawer organizers to maintain the cleanliness of your drawers. Using these organizers will help you to search easily the items that you need to use.

Labels are very important when you want to have an organized filing of your documents and reports. This helps to minimize clutters in your office. Whether you have a quarterly or monthly reports to put together, indicating labels will help you have an easy access to these documents. It will also keep you reminded that you have to put your documents back to its appropriate storage. Furthermore, use an erase board to keep you on track with the different events that you might be involved in your company.

These are the simple steps to declutter your office. Once you have a clutter-free office, be sure to maintain them so that your clutters will not pile up. Keep your office clean for you to have a healthy working environment that would translate to your increasing productivity.

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13 small things to simplify your workday

One of the best things I did when I decided to simplify my life was to simplify my workday — first at my day job and later, by quitting my day job, in the work I do now as a writer and entrepreneur.
I’ve eliminated most of the routine, boring, administrative tasks with a few simple principles.
These days, I have eliminated the non-essentials, and can focus on what I truly love: creating.
Not everyone can make such drastic steps toward simplicity, but if you have some control over your workday, you can do a few small things that will simplify things greatly.

Happy New Year


I hope you are loving this time of year. I guess there are as many reasons as there are individuals of us. Maybe it’s time off work. Maybe it’s time with family. Maybe it’s just the sense of community that is generated by a shared holiday.

I think all of those apply to me. It is also a time of year I can reflect on the year just gone – what worked and what didn’t, and what to do next. I have always loved the sense of a new journal, a new slate, a clean page that comes with a new calendar.

There is such hope for better things, a better person, better times.

I have put together a page again this year of ideas, resources and inspirations for the new year and for your planning.

You can visit it at

And finally this post brings my best wishes to you and yours for exciting new challenges in the new year and for times of peace and prosperity.



Pivotal Shopping’s Product of the week – Productivity engineering

Before I reveal the secret to becoming a consistently productive person, I have to debunk a myth about productivity. It’s a myth that’s so often repeated that many people still cling to it-even though it’s rarely if ever effective.

You see, a lot of books and information products are packed with productivity techniques . . . as if the techniques, by themselves, could transform you into a top producer. But this simply isn’t true. The fact is . . .

Techniques Alone Are Not Enough to Unlock Your Full “Productivity Potential”
Sure, techniques can help. But they’re really not addressing the underlying issues.

The trick is not to fill your head with more techniques — it’s to reprogram your mind so that work is no longer “hard” . . . but interesting and easy. So that you have fun getting things done. So that you stop causing self-induced stress . . . and begin working smoothly in the “flow” state.

The bottom line is, you must get rid of the limiting attitudes and beliefs you have stored in your subconscious mind and replace them with productive thoughts and habits.

This is why you cannot rely on traditional productivity techniques alone. You might make some progress, but you won’t experience rapid transformation.

You don’t need a new technique; you need a total “productivity makeover” to quickly transform you into the productive person you want to be. You need a shortcut.

So what’s the secret to unlocking the most productive years of your life? I’ll tell you . . .

The Secret Is to Eliminate Subconscious Blocks,
Create New Thought Patterns, and Harmonize
Your Conscious and Subconscious Mind
If all this sounds complicated, don’t worry. It’s actually far easier than you may think.