This is a wonderful article on cutting costs and going green. For our company, reducing paper waste, cutting down energy costs (especially this time of year) and saving money - not to mention, improving the planet - are some primary objectives for 2009.
These aren't complicated ideas or suggestions, but easy to implement and understand.
For me, in 2009, I am pledging at least 2 "technology free" days a month. This may be on weekends or weekdays, but I think it will help not only my bills but my peace of mind as well!
For example, if on a weekend, I vow to turn off the computer, the regular and cell phone, and not allow the usage of anything from mp3 players to X-boxes to the TV or the minivan.
We'll get up, make and have breakfast together as a family. Spend time organizing, playing games together, hanging out with the dog, catching up with the kids lives and reading some good books. We'll notice our surroundings and look people in the eyes when we are speaking with each other. We will re-recognize the humanity in us all.
I may paint or draw or doodle on paper I've already used to print out things on and saved from some inane reason. I may find items that have cluttered our house for years and create Salvation Army bundles of clothing or old toys and other knick knacks. We'll enjoy our mealtimes, because we're paying attention to what we are eating, not what we are watching on TV while we eat.
In that way, for me, I hope to reconnect with myself, my home and my family... and disconnect with technology and the myriad of social networks online (I mean, how much LinkedIn, Facebook, Twittering and MySpacing can you stand?) , cell phone calls and the busy buzz of business, planning and marketing activities always running in my head.
You can also find some awesome articles on going green and saving money here
Happy 2009 all!
Nan @ brainybetty