12 Easy Steps Towards a Simpler Life [Infographic] 55

The infographic below suggests 12 simple steps towards achieving these goals, and similar targets in your work and spiritual life.

This is a guest post by John, a digital nomad and freelance writer.

Like the very planet around us, your life is a complex network of interweaving facets, causes and effects. Many of the more ambitious amongst us find a great joy in complicating this network even further – or perhaps joy is not the word, so much as need.

Those who are truly hungry for happiness, fulfillment and personal development often find it difficult to balance their craving for new stimuli with the stability that is essential if you are to progress in the manner you intend.

This stability can best be visualized as a form of balance: you want to work hard and develop your career, but this requires time and effort; you want to be a rounded human being and be there for the ones you love, but this requires the same time and energy that you’re draining at work. Meanwhile you have a home – not to mention a body – that requires constant care and attention if it is not to become an unworkable mess!

It’s no wonder more and more successful people are turning towards a more minimalistic approach to life.

This means refining the troublesome aspects of you work, home, and personal life, and streamlining the way you operate so that you can devote the proper attention to each respective element.

Many will begin in the home, by de-cluttering their shelves and cupboards in an attempt to reduce distraction, mess, and waste. It’s a good place to start, because it’s such a strong psychological metaphor for what you next want to achieve in your work and personal life.

Like each stage of minimalizing your set-up, though, it does require some time and thought.

Japanese organizing consultant Marie Kondo recommends to make a list of categories of the things you possess (e.g. clothes, books, mementos) and then hit one category at a time, moving from room to room and confronting your objects. In each case, if an item is neither useful nor beautiful to you, it’s time it found a home somewhere else.

While it is not good-spirited to think of people as being useful or not, a similar approach should be taken to your friends and your non-immediate family. Rather than consider their ‘use’ to you, think of it the other way around: are they impacting on the use you can be to other people? Are you able to help this individual in a way that is not entirely one-sided?

If you identify one person or another as an emotional vampire, a time-waster, or a user, then you need to seriously confront your ideas about your relationship with them. It is likely best to stop picking up that phone, and to avoid those social situations, for a little while at least.

See how you feel about each other when you’ve had a period apart, and if the relationship is worthwhile, hopefully it will become strengthened.

The infographic below suggests 12 simple steps towards achieving these goals, and similar targets in your work and spiritual life.

Progressing without a solid plan is not a good idea when your life is already hectic and you want to minimalize your lifestyle. Hit these clear, identifiable targets one by one, and that chaotic network will soon become a far more negotiable proposition.

What about you? How do you simplify your life?
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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.