Life Optimization: How to Live The Smart Way 113

Life Optimization: How to Live The Smart Way

You don’t need to have a complex life, or to face multiple obstacles on your way to success.

The most successful people aim to make things easier, rather than complicating them, as we often do without even realizing.

Here’s how to simplify your days and make them easier and more pleasant:

1. Eliminate.

I think that if we truly want to change for the better, we need to start by taking the unnecessary out.

So stop trying to learn many new things, to constantly consume new information, meet new people, start new projects or set new goals.

All that sounds good for someone who’s always on the grow and whose busy schedule itself is his driving force, but you might not have such level of organization, time management and willpower. So you’ll need to try to have less of everything and leave just the essentials so that you can focus on them.

Start by eliminating the following:

  • people who only bring you down, are negative, indulge in unhealthy behaviors, never listen to you and just complain about their lives;
  • stuff you don’t need – most of the things in your place haven’t been used in a long time, others won’t be used any time soon, so throw them away or give them to someone who needs them more;
  • tasks on your to-do lists that are not important, that can be completed by someone else, that are not urgent, connected to your goals or which don’t improve you as a person or your lifestyle in any way;
  • expectations – stop expecting things to turn out in a certain way or people to behave and react the way you want them to, just accept things as they are and your days will be some much happier and more peaceful;
  • distractions.

2. Do everything smarter.

“Don’t work harder, think harder.”

That’s something Tim Ferriss said in a podcast episode, and we can’t argue that the guy knows what he’s doing.

– train smart – stop having long gym sessions and doing hours of cardio, instead work out for 45-60 minutes a day, do fewer exercises with more reps, but be consistent and do it every day;

– work smart – 4HWW;

– sleep better – have a bedtime ritual and hack your sleep to wake up fresh and ready for a successful day;

– take the right supplements to enhance your brain power – learn more about nootropics and how they’ll benefit your body;

– be more productive – have systems, find your most productive time, focus better and get things done faster,

travel cheaper – do your research, find cheaper flights, avoid extra costs;

– become self-employed;

– 80/20 rule – only 20% of the things you do give you 80% of the results you have, so focus on them and stop wasting time on the rest.

– choose – most of the time it’s better to just choose one thing, get to work and make the best of it. Otherwise, you don’t really get anything done;

– decide what you want about each area of your life and what you’re ready to give to have it.

3. Let go.

Letting go is the magic process of leaving behind past events, future worries and uncertainties, things that are out of your control, overthinking, irrational fears and caring too much about what others think.

This way you’ll be able to fully focus on the present moment, enjoy it, make the most of it and actually get stuff done and create a better future.

If you try all these, you’ll find contentment in everything you do. You’ll also live stress- and clutter-free, will learn how to relax properly, empty your mind and leave the problems of the world behind, how to single-task and complete the important stuff on your to-do list.

Life’s meant to be easy. So eliminate, work smart not hard, and let go. No need for anything else.

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Data Is Important to Your Business’s Operations: Keep It as Safe as It Is Accessible 4

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Computers have been able to move files between one another since the technology’s very early days. The first File Transfer Protocol (FTP) technology emerged in 1971. Back then, network administrators only needed to move data from one place to the next; security was not an issue. Furthermore, since the computers were probably in the same room, the data did not have very far to go.

Today, there are many ways to move data efficiently and safely over long distances. MOVEit by ipswitch is a good example. It’s very robust yet also very easy to use. It also has a number of audit trail and compliance features that really make it a useful program.

How do you know for sure whether Moveit or some other program is the right one for your business?

What is Secure File Transfer?

FTP still works very well when there is absolutely no need for security, but these instances are few and far between. Some of today’s most popular file transfer options are:

  • Secure File Transfer Protocol: As the name implies, SFTP is FTP plus encryption. The combination is very fast and prevents network eavesdropping. SCP (Secure Copy) is a closely related protocol.
  • Managed File Transfer: MFT is a much more complex option. In addition to file security, it adds a variety of audit, management, reliability, and other features.
  • Email Encryption: Instead of transferring the file as an attachment, a secure email sends a link. Then, the recipient can download the document from a secure site. Moreover, email encryption enables users to send very large files with little drama.
  • Hosting: Originally, file hosting services supported document collaboration and nothing else. Lately, security features have emerged as well, making network hosting a viable secure file transfer option.

All these methods rely on access control. Typically, that involves a username and password. Depending on the organization’s needs, the access control can be much tighter. Usually, this process involves an Identity and Access Management (IAM) system.

Some File Transfer Features

In its most basic form, secure file transfer relies on command line interfaces. This system is automated and not designed for user interface, so there are very few additional features. On the other hand, command line interfaces are very low-cost and allow organizations to maintain control over file security even if they use cloud providers.

SFTP is still the best option for most businesses, but SFTP by itself often falls short. Consider adding additional features like:

  • Auditing: Sometimes, auditing functions are available as an add-on. But organizations that also have compliance issues in this area, such as those that handle Personal Identifying Information (PII), may be better off with MFT.
  • Scheduling: This need is not as common but it’s still out there. Sometimes, users need to send documents at certain times of the day, usually to avoid bandwidth conflicts. Customers with scheduling needs almost always need MFT, because its systems are very robust.
  • Indirect Transfer: Only MFT allows users to send documents to an intermediary server when then forwards them to the recipients. The user and recipient are isolated from each other, and such transfers are easier to track.

Consider the options carefully before making a decision. Then, go with an established provider who stands by its products.