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Reformat Your Life: Deleting clutter for productivity

Do you ever just want to chuck everything out and start fresh? It’s daunting, but tempting. Do you love the feel of a freshly formatted computer or an empty desktop? Today we look at getting that same feeling by deleting the unnecessary in your every day life.

How much stuff do you have in your life that you don’t need? Is it hindering your productivity? Making it harder to find things? Harder to get things done?

Some people, like myself, almost need a bit of clutter around to work. Toys on the desk, several pens at the ready. It seems a clear space never stays fully clear for long.

But even then, too much physical (or digital) clutter can lead to mental clutter.

And the more mental mountains you have to climb to just get started on something, the less productive you’ll be.

If you have to click down seven folders to get to “New Folder (6)” and then sort through documents called “Doc 1″ and “Important” for 15 minutes before you can find what you’re looking for – before you can even begin working on that file – you need to declutter.

Instead, if you have a fresh, clean physical or digital space, your mind will be fresh and clean as well and ready to fill the blanks with creativity and productivity.

I’ve just gotten a new computer and installed only the essentials. It reminded me how unnecessary many of the things on my old PC were (with over 4TB nearly full).

I’m also moving house next year, so we’re looking through our belongings and throwing a lot of them away.

This topic’s been on my mind and I’ve been using these questions to help myself. When you want to declutter your life, think on these four questions.

Ask yourself:

  1. Have I used this in the past 12 months?
  2. Does this serve the purpose of this space?
  3. What does my ideal space look like?
  4. Is this irreplaceable?

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Open the Iris: How Stargate can help us control our social filters

You know how some people just say whatever they’re thinking, no matter how inappropriate? It’s like their internal Stargate is open and they just let anything through. And some of that stuff can be as harmful as the goa’uld.

Most of us have an ‘iris’, a social filter, that lets us control what comes out of our mouths. Sometimes, this iris is locked closed, though, without us even knowing it.

In this article we’ll look at this social filter and ways to control so it opens and closes whenever you want it to.

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A man chooses, a slave obeys: 3 lessons from BioShock about choice & control

We all lament that we don’t have as much choice and control over our lives as we’d like. Bad weather, abrasive people, overwhelming workloads. Out of our control, right?

But what if we have more control than we think?

What if we just need to look at things from a different perspective to gain control and realise choices we never thought we had?

In this article we’ll learn what BioShock can teach us about choice and control.

If you haven’t played it, you can currently get BioShock for a dollar via Humble Bundle until 23 July 2014. To avoid spoilers, would you kindly finish the game before reading on.

Spoilers lie ahead for the original BioShock. Big unmarked spoilers.

If you’re cool with that, read on.

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