Minimalism Breeds Abundance

Exploring Minimalism

Minimalism is a tool to rid yourself of life’s excess in favor of focusing on what’s important — so you can find happiness, fulfillment, and freedom.

Uncovering Excess

Material Excess

“Why do I need this, again?”

Digital Excess

  • Unsubscribed from every email — about four dozen — except two newsletters.
  • Deleted every app from my phone on which I am tempted to waste time, including Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and most games (though I did keep TwoDots for an occasional fix).
  • Turned off all mobile push notifications and those nasty little red badges that can cause undue anxiety when looking at my phone.
  • Secured all family passwords, notes, and confidential information using LastPass.
  • Cleaned up all my folders in Dropbox and deleted any old or unnecessary files.
  • Update: I also added an email auto-responder and applied Affordance Theory to create my optimal mobile experience.

Bodily Excess

Financial Excess

Schedule Excess

Mental Excess

Breeding Abundance

  • Enjoyed more quality time with family and friends.
  • Slept more.
  • Had the most productive quarter of my life, personally speaking.
  • Read more books.
  • Studied things I’ve wanted to learn.
  • Written an 80-page novelette.
  • Given more money to people in need.
  • Saved more money.
  • Increased my credit score.
  • Gained more energy.
  • Clarified our family goals.
  • Been more present.
  • And, you guessed it, more.

You Can, Too

Where’s the excess in my life?




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