Top Self Posts

How can your time online make you into your very best and happiest self? These posts offer the essential principles and practices that will help you harness the Internet as an engine of personal and creative transformation.

5 life lessons you can learn from emptying your inbox

5 life lessons you can learn from emptying your inbox

It’s day 7 of our quest for an empty inbox, and I’m now at inbox zero once again. What I’ve discovered is that while it takes me less than a week to empty my inbox, it takes more than a week to blog my methodology, so I’ll be writing further...
The 5 questions to ask about online distraction

The 5 questions to ask about online distraction

New technology, in the form of mobile phones, email, texting, the Web, and, more specifically, Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, and other social media, enables us to be in a constant state of distraction (what we euphemistically like to call multitasking). Our ability to...
7 practices to strengthen your online presence

7 practices to strengthen your online presence

Buddhists make great friends. They’re fantastic listeners, they’re thoughtfully engaged with the world around them, and if they’re the real deal, it’s calming just to be around them. But when I wrote the HBR piece about the 10 reasons to stop...
5 ways to get authentically naked

5 ways to get authentically naked

Sarah Wilson has busted me. In her blog post about the meaning of authenticity in an age of over-disclosure, she asks: Blurting stuff out, warts and all, can certainly look and smell and feel real. But it’s often a seductive guise for the truth. We can carefully...
5 paths to self-discovery online

5 paths to self-discovery online

Between Sherry Turkle’s Alone Together and my recent presentation at Northern Voice, I find myself thinking a lot about the post I wrote last summer on 10 reasons to stop apologizing for your online life. That post was a call to arms, to embrace our online lives...
6 Ways to Get Wired and Inspired

6 Ways to Get Wired and Inspired

This post originally appeared on Oprah.com. The Internet has a terrible way of distracting a girl: You sit down to search job postings, and you end up in a chat room with some guy in Thailand who wants to know how you refinished your floors. When I posted my long-term...
Making time for creative expression online

Making time for creative expression online

Creative expression, whether that means writing, dancing, bird-watching, or cooking, can give a person almost everything that he or she has been searching for: enlivenment, peace, meaning, and the incalculable wealth of time spent quietly in beauty. [T]he bad news:...
Kill your tech truths

Kill your tech truths

I recently read a profile of the performance artist Marina Abramovic, whose work is currently featured in a career retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art. Abramovic’s signature works include Rhythm 0, in which she lay passively in a gallery next to a series...
9 ways social media can support your creativity

9 ways social media can support your creativity

Some new mothers worry about when they’ll get to sleep through the night; I worried about when I’d get to write a novel. I’d always figured that I’d write a book some day, but now that I had a kid, would some day ever come? For me, the answer...
5 ways to shape the soul of the Internet

5 ways to shape the soul of the Internet

Does YouTube make people into exhibitionists? Does Facebook stunt teenagers’ social skills? Does 43Things help people realize their dreams? Journalists, academics and web surfers have been arguing over whether the Internet is Ultimate Good or Ultimate Evil long...
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