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10 More Insanely Awesome Inspirational Manifestos

10 More Insanely Awesome Inspirational Manifestos


    There’s nothing like a manifesto that gets the blood pumping, the ideas flowing and a person moving. I offered up several insanely awesome inspirational manifestos not too long ago, and I’ve scoured the Internet looking for more of them that can inspire people with different lifestyles and “workstyles” that they can relate to.

    Whether you’re a creative, an entrepreneur, an artist, a writer, or simply want to live a better life , here are 10 more insanely awesome inspirational manifestos for you to ponder…and perhaps live by:

    1. Austin Kleon – Steal Like an Artist

    Austin Kleon’s latest book offers 10 fantastic ideas that are spread throughout its pages. Steal Like an Artist is a tremendous read and a worthwhile addition to more than just a creative artist’s bookshelf. After all, it does hit the mark on what it says it is: A manifesto for creativity in the digital age.

      (Poster by Austin Kleon)

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      2. Todd Henry – A Manifesto for Accidental Creatives

      If you’re looking to be brilliant at a moment’s notice, Todd Henry’s Accidental Creative manifesto is a great place to start. It’s up to you, of course, to finish.

      3. Bre Pettis – The Cult of Done Manifesto

      So much of what we have to do slips through the cracks for a bit — or even altogether. Bre Pettis assembled this fine manifesto that accentuates the importance of done and sets you on the path to get there.

        (Poster by Joshua Rothaas)

        4. Joel Runyon – Impossible: The Manifesto

        Nothing is impossible for Joel Runyon, a fellow World Domination Summit attendee and leader of The Impossible League. Think something’s not possible for you? Give this a read and then ask yourself that question again.

        5. Gretchen Rubin – The Happiness Manifesto

        The author of the wildly popular book “The Happiness Project” shares her ideas on how happiness can permeate every aspect of your life.

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          6. Clay Collins – The Alternative Productivity Manifesto

          I’ve been a follower of Clay’s work for some time, and this manifesto certainly resonated with me. I’m sure that plenty of our Lifehack readers can relate.

          7. Hugh MacLeod – How to be Creative

          The man who has tons of “Evil Plans” and suggests that we “Ignore Everybody” spells it out for anyone who wants to be creative but is stuck, well…not being creative.

            Click on the image to check out the PDF

            8. Ira Glass – Nobody Tells This to Beginners

            The host of This American Life offers some sage advice to beginners. Brilliant stuff.

              (Poster via ArtistMotherTeacher.com)

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              9. Seth Godin – Stop Stealing Dreams

              Here’s what the author says about this piece:

              “In this 30,000 word manifesto, I imagine a different set of goals and start (I hope) a discussion about how we can reach them. One thing is certain: if we keep doing what we’ve been doing, we’re going to keep getting what we’ve been getting.

              Our kids are too important to sacrifice to the status quo.”

              Well worth the read.

              10. JetSetCitizen Manifesto

              Finally, here’s one that fits the bill that my last post on manifestos served to inspire.

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                The JetSetCitizen Manifesto, the brainchild of John Bardos (a fellow Canadian, no less), is summarized by its creator as follows:

                “A meaningful life does not come from crossing off items from a bucket list, getting stoned on exotic beaches, or getting stamps in your passport. Personal excellence is reflected in all the little decisions you make in your life everyday.”

                Indeed, John. Indeed.

                (Photo credit: Concept of Problem Solving on Blackboard via Shutterstock)

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                Last Updated on September 18, 2019

                15 Best Organizing Tips For Office Organization and Getting More Done

                15 Best Organizing Tips For Office Organization and Getting More Done

                You may think that you don’t have time for office organization, but if you really knew how much time that disorganization cost you, you’d reconsider.

                Rearranging and moving piles occasionally doesn’t count. Neither does clearing off your desk, if you swipe the mess into a bin, or a desk drawer.

                A relatively neat and orderly office space clears the way for higher productivity and less wasted time.

                Organizing your office doesn’t have to take days, it can be done a little at a time. In fact, maintaining an organized office is much more effective if you treat it like an on-going project, instead of a massive assault.

                So, if you’re ready to get started, the following organizing tips will help you transform your office into an efficient workspace.

                1. Purge Your Office

                De-clutter, empty, shred, get rid of everything that you don’t need or want. Look around. What haven’t you used in a while?

                Take one area at a time. If it doesn’t work, send it out for repair or toss it. If you haven’t used it in months and can’t think of when you’ll actually need it, out it goes. This goes for furniture, equipment, supplies, etc.

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                Don’t forget about knick-knacks, plants (real or artificial), and decorations – if they’re covered with dust and make your office look shabby, they’re fair game.

                2. Gather and Redistribute

                Gather up every item that isn’t where it belongs and put it where it does.

                3. Establish Work “Zones”

                Decide what type of activity happens in each area of your office. You’ll probably have a main workspace (most likely your desk,) a reference area (filing cabinet, shelves, binders,) and a supply area (closet, shelves or drawers.)

                Place the appropriate equipment and supplies are located in the proper area as much as possible.

                4. Close Proximity

                Position the equipment and supplies that you use most within reach. Things that you rarely use can be stored or put away.

                5. Get a Good Labeler

                Choose a label maker that’s simple to use. Take the time to label shelves, bins, baskets drawers. Not only will it remind you where things go, but it will also help others who may have a need to find, use, or put away anything in your workspace.

                6. Revise Your Filing System

                As we move fully into the digital age, the need to store paper files has decreased.

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                What can your store digitally? Are you duplicating files? You may be able to eliminate some of the files and folders you’ve used in the past. If you’re storing files on your computer, make sure you are doing regular back-ups.

                Here’re some storage ideas for creating a smooth filing system:

                • Create a meeting folder – Put all “items to be discussed” in there along with items that need to be handed off, reports that need to be given, etc. It’ll help you be prepared for meetings and save you stress in the even that a meeting is moved up.
                • Create a WOR folder – So much of our messy papers are things that are on hold until someone else responds or acts. Corral them in a WOR (Waiting on Response) folder. Check it every few days for outstanding actions you may need to follow-up on.
                • Storage boxes – Use inexpensive storage boxes to keep archived files and get them out of your current file space.
                • Magazine boxes – Use magazine boxes or binders to store magazines and catalogs you really want to store. Please make sure you really need them for reference or research, otherwise recycle them, or give away.
                • Reading folder – Designate a file for print articles and documents you want to read that aren’t urgent.
                • Archive files – When a project is complete, put all of the materials together and file them away. Keep your “working folders” for projects in progress.
                • File weekly – Don’t let your filing pile up. Put your papers in a “To File” folder and file everything once a week.

                Learn more tips on organizing your files here: How to Organize Your Files for Better Productivity

                7. Clear off Your Desk

                Remove everything, clean it thoroughly and put back only those items that are essential for daily use.

                If you have difficulty declutter stuff, this Declutter Formula will help you throw away stuff without regretting later.

                8. Organize your Desktop

                Now that you’ve streamlined your desktop, it’s a good idea to organize it.

                Use desktop organizers or containers to organize the items on your desk. Use trays for papers, containers for smaller items.

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                Don’t forget your computer desktop! Make sure the files or images are all in organized folders. I’d recommend you clear your computer desktop everyday before you leave work.

                9. Organize Your Drawers

                Put items used together in the same drawer space, stamps with envelopes, sticky pads with notepads, etc.

                Use drawer organizers for little items – paper clips, tacks, etc. Use a separate drawer for personal items.

                10. Separate Inboxes

                If you work regularly with other people, create a folder, tray, or inbox for each.

                11. Clear Your Piles

                Hopefully with your new organized office, you won’t create piles of paper anymore, but you still have to sort through the old ones.

                Go through the pile (a little at a time if necessary) and put it in the appropriate place or dump it.

                12. Sort Mails

                Don’t just stick mail in a pile to be sorted or rifle through and take out the pieces you need right now. Sort it as soon as you get it – To act, To read, To file, To delegate or hand off. .

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                13. Assign Discard Dates

                You don’t need to keep every piece of paper indefinitely. Mark on files or documents when they can be tossed or shredded.

                Some legal or financial documents must be kept for specified length of time. Make sure you know what those requirements are.

                14. Filter Your Emails

                Some emails are important to read, others are just not that important.

                When you use the filter system to label different types of emails, you know their priority and which to reply first.

                Take a look at these tips to achieve inbox zero: The Ultimate Way to get to Inbox Zero

                15. Straighten Your Desk

                At the end of the day, do a quick straighten, so you have a clean start the next day.

                Bottom Line

                Use one tip or try them all. The amount of effort you put into creating and maintaining an efficient work area will pay off in a big way.

                Instead of spending time looking for things and shuffling piles, you’ll be able to spend your time…well…working and you’ll enjoy being clutter free!

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