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How Twitter Helped Me Connect and Why You Should Follow Me

I have been a sluggish adopter of Twitter.  While I had an account for quite a long time the notion to use Twitter in a productive, conversational and outreach manner wasn’t there.

Why would you use Twitter to post up useful bits of information about your day?  Let’s see what that looks like:

Let’s not do that.

The more I reach out into the Twittersphere and connect with other like-minded individuals the more resources I have at my disposal.  Some of my favorite bloggers are on Twitter (Chris Guillebeau, Clay Collins, Problogger) and I enjoy reading what they read and I’ve managed to find other excellent bloggers through them in this way.

Throughout the day I get a feed of interesting links that some of the most creative and off-the-wall people are reading or looking at.  I re-tweet (lingo for repost) the ones I find useful or inspirational in hopes that others I am connected to can find something valuable as well.

So, you should follow me on Twitter.  If you don’t use Twitter, I don’t necessarily advocate starting unless you are going to get involved with it.  It is easy to over-reach in the social networking world and if you can’t keep on top of your Facebook or even your e-mail, twitter might not be for you.

If you want to learn more about Twitter there a number of resources out there but one of my favorites is Twitip also by Darren Rowse over at Problogger.

Transformation vs. Productivity

Stepcase LifeHack is featuring a 12 part series entitled “Towards a New Vision of Productivity”.  It hits out at the reshaping of the productivity blogosphere from a lifehacking pseudo-religious organizational madness filled with folders, post-it notes, beeping reminders, etc. into simplified mindful living.

Before embarking upon my own quest of restructuring and a new life of simple pleasures I dragged through a bunch of lifehack posts set up on rss feeds, sat at a desk with multiple moniters and multiple machines whirring underneath it for eight to twelve hours a day and yet ran myself dry mentally, emotionally, and physically almost every week.

Where the difference comes in is in transformation over productivity.

Productivity, as has been echoed over and over, is dead.  Long live productivity.  Productivity as a set of systems to create efficiency in our lives isn’t efficient unless we are effective in choosing the goals which produces the results we want in our lives.

No productivity system can put you in a zen like, meditative, or mind like water state. A calm, focused, and meditative mind leads to greater productivity, but productivity systems cannot create a mind like water. – Clay Collins.

Transformation is about reshaping our lives.

When we reevaluate the goals and purpose of our life, cut out the extraneous portions that are holding us back, and replace them with a simple mindful attentive life we can live in a much more meaningful manner.  When we have a mindful way of living we are far more productive than when our life is bloated with hours at a desk, associations that drag us down, tools that take more time than they are worth, and so on.

Transformation is what this blog is about.