The existence of something better doesn’t negate the usefulness of what you already own.
"We don’t care. We aren’t caught up in your love affair (of stuff)" -Lorde, Royals.
This lyrics of this song and the video strike me as minimalist. Love it. Here’s her Tumblr should you wish to follow. -Danny
Subtraction is an art that improves with practice.
Short but sweet piece by Leo. Subtraction is applicable to everything.
Over the years I have been adapting my packing methods and learning what works for me and what doesn’t. This might not apply to you, but I thought maybe it would be a good thing to make a brain dump of what I’ve learned so far.
I travel a lot. So I can’t help but agree (and share) this hard earned list of packing lessons by travel guru Pack Light. We can all learn something from here.
If your book collection has become too cluttered, you’ll find help here. If you ever feel burdened by your books, you’ll find inspiration. 12 helpful, practical steps to unclutter your book collection.
A good place to start if you want to reduce your number of books. I also like the fact that part of the content was sourced from Joshua’s followers on twitter.
Does traveling more make you pack less? Not necessarily, although we talked to five high-mileage, high-profile travelers (whose combined annual airline points could buy a private island in the Caribbean) to get their take on carry-on and carrying less.
Keep calm and carry-on! I travel frequently and carry-on is indeed the best way to travel for short to medium length trips. Also check out two links below for more minimalist packing ideas:
An interesting short post by Leo Babauta on the power of reading and it’s ability to distract you.
What information consumes is the attention of its recipients. Hence a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention - Herbert Simon, Economist, Nobel Prize winner
I read this book because I believe in the importance of focus. Attention is the key to life. Where your attention goes, your life goes as well. And simplifying or minimalism is a tool that you can you use to focus your life on the things that matter most to you.
The book is, overall, good, but not as good as his bestseller Emotional Intelligence. It feels like there’s nothing new if you’ve been reading a lot of material about the subject of focus or attention.
My expectations may have been high (Goleman is the guy who introduced us to EQ!) but, with any read (or movie), I always make sure I have a few take aways. For me, it’s three ways to help you focus:
- VOLUNTARILY DISENGAGE our focus from an object of desire that powerfully grabs our attention. This is what works best for me. For example: avoiding the aisle where the ice cream is located at the grocery.
- FOCUS ELSEWHERE rather than giving attention to what distracts you. This means the temptation (ice cream) is there beside you but you’re looking away, covering your eyes, imagining something else.
- FOCUS ON A GOAL IN THE FUTURE. For example, I need to weigh this much by this date or avoid early onset diabetes.
Being a minimalist, my favorite is voluntarily disengaging. Indeed, removing or completely avoiding distractions is the most effective way to focus! :)
More Focus related photos at Harper Books on Pinterest
iOS 7.0.2 “NO SERVICE” IN JAPAN
Upon arriving in Japan for a vacation with my wife, I got my iPhone 5 from my pocket and turned off flight mode on my newly updated iOS 7.0.2. “Searching…” said the smartphone. And then, to my surprise “NO SERVICE.” This didn’t happen last year when I was in Tokyo with my iPhone 4 (iOS 6).
Upon checking in at our hotel, I searched the internet for answers and…nothing worked. I tried every solution I found. Turning flight mode on and off. Turning the phone on and off. Reseting the phone. Taking out my sim. Nada. Nothing. Zip.
To make a long story short, I ended up with no phone signal for 7 days. No text messages. No calls. This bothered me on the first day. Although I completely delegated my work, I was thinking about business back home. What if they needed me? It was distracting me.
On the second day, I decided to accept not having any service as it is rather then allow it to take away the joy from our trip. I decided to view this as an exciting experiment: I’ve been dependent on my phone. Can I survive in a foreign country, for a week without service? Without my travel apps being able to connect instantly, anytime and anywhere?
The answer was yes, I was better off having my service disconnected for a week. I kept the phone in my bag and never gave it another thought. I was able to enjoy the scenery and take in what was going around me. I was able to pay attention to my wife and people around me. I was better off holding my wife’s hand instead of my phone. Relaxing. Peaceful.
By the way, when I got back in Manila, upon turning off flight mode, my local service provider, SMART, was immediately available and working. I still don’t know what the problem was (kindly send me a message if you know anything about this). Hope this hasn’t happened to you. But if it does, just let it go and give yourself a serious vacation.