#069 – Progress (Essentialism Pt 19) [Podcast]

Every day do something that will inch you closer to a better tomorrow … toward your resonators … your dreams … your essential things.

Progress

Progress

We can get so “destination minded” that we forget the journey in front of us. If we do this we lose site that making any progress is better than no progress.

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#068 – Subtract (Essentialism Pt 18) [Podcast]

To attain knowledge, add things every day. To attain wisdom, subtract things every day. —Lao-tzu

Subtract

Subtract

What is the obstacle that is keeping you back from achieving what really matters to you? By systematically identifying and removing this “constraint” you’ll be able to significantly reduce the friction keeping you from executing what is essential.

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#067 – Buffer (Essentialism Pt 17) [Podcast]

The problem is that very few people know what buffer is, let alone ever experience it. So why don’t we have any? Why are we so overcommitted and crazy-busy?

Buffer

Buffer

Life is a long-distance run not a sprint. If you and I are going to be effective over the long-term, we have to create buffer and pace ourselves.

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#066 – Margin (Essentialism Pt 16) [Podcast]

Margin is the space between our load and our limits.  It is the amount allowed beyond that which is needed.  Margin is something held in reserve for contingencies or unanticipated situations.

Margin

Margin

If you and I are going to be effective over the long term, we have to create margin in our lives.  This is not optional.  It is not a luxury; it is something we have to have in order to take care of ourselves and be healthy.  We have to get that margin back in our lives and pace ourselves for the long term.

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#065 – Edit (Essentialism Pt 15) [Podcast]

We previously likened looking at our lives as a journalist … listening, asking questions, connecting the dots, investigating. Another way to integrate Essentialism is to see yourself as an editor, where you edit your life.

Edit

Edit

The root word for “decision” is cis or cid, which means “to cut.”  You see this root word in “scissors.”  A great way to embrace essentialism is to view your life as an editor … to cut out things in your life, in order to make room for more important things in your life.

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#064 – Uncommit (Essentialism Pt 14) [Podcast]

Sometimes we truly have so much to do, we don’t know which end is up. But sometimes the frenzy is self-induced.

Uncommit

Uncommit

Feeling overwhelmed is sometimes a matter of perception – if you think you have too much to do, your limbic system takes over and you can’t think creatively about alternatives.

Overscheduling is a common form of resistance because it seems so virtuous. “I want to write, I really do, but I can’t because I have all these other (less satisfying and less scary) things to do.” Overcommitting yourself is one way to keep yourself safe from the risk of noticing how you feel and what you think and trying to write about that.

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#063 – Dare (Essentialism Pt 13) [Podcast]

I dare you … dare you to simply say “no” to the trivial many things in your life.  But how exactly do we do this?  Sometimes that is easier said than done.

Dare

Dare

Yet, the right “no” spoken at the right time can change the course of history.  Are you ready to take this dare and create new freedom in your life?

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#062 – Clarity (Essentialism Pt 12) [Podcast]

Clarity … the first type of nonessential you’re going to learn how to eliminate is simply any activity that is misaligned with what you are intending to achieve.

Clarity

Clarity

 

We need a “mission statement” to help gain clarity in our lives.  Knowing what our goals are in life are the first step in saying “No” to the trivial many in our lives.

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#061 – Being Picky (Essentialism Pt 11) [Podcast]

If the answer isn’t a definite yes, then the answer should be no.  Part of essentialism is being picky about what we say yes to.  Your most effective no is a well-defined yes.

Being Picky

Being Picky

 

Ok ok … but how can we really do this?  How can we implement a stronger, selective criteria into our lives.  We discuss that in this episode.

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#060 – Sleep (Essentialism Pt 10) [Podcast]

Sleep … the last frontier.  These are the voyages of “Gee do I have to?” and “I can live off of just 4 hours” craziness.  The mission is to totally crash my life by going against every bit of research about what meaningful sleep actually is.

Sleep

Sleep

 

Ok ok … so I’m being a little sarcastic.  But this is how I often have approached sleep in my life … something annoying … a nuisance … and something I would fight against and try to live with as little as I could.  But, I’ve started to act more like a grown up of late, and put into practice what research tells me I should embrace about sleep.

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