Topic: Minimalist

Scott's been a GTD'er for a long time and it's finally starting to rub off on me (I even bought the book to read on my trip!). GTD stands for Getting Things Done a popular work model and time management system created by David Allen. 

Anyway, the one practice Scott has been trying to get me to adopt is having anactionable to do list. The idea is to break the goal down into smaller, actionable bits ...

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Recently, some friends of ours came over to spend an evening with us and throughout the course of the night, they both kept marveling at our empty apartment. "So this is how a minimalist lives" my one friend said. I looked around and responded "I actually still want to reduce." An hour or so later, the other friend remarked at how zen my home felt — like he was on vacation. "I wish my house was like this" he said. 

I ...

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When I was flying from Chicago back to Los Angeles, I picked up the October edition of The Oprah Magazine in the airport. I never read this magazine so I'm not sure what it was that made me want to buy it, but I'm glad I did! My favorite article was "May We Help You?" by Martha Beck. 

The article boasted 5 pieces of advice that everyone ignores but shouldn't. Beck wrote, "We go through life generally ...

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When I was flying to Chicago a few weekends ago, I struck up a conversation with my airplane neighbor who, as it turns out, changed careers like I had. Our conversation was long and perhaps even a little self-serving, but the one comment that stayed was me was this: 

"I find people who were lawyers, but then go on to do something else, are always really successful. I'm not saying it's the legal education or knowledge -- but it ...

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I overheard a conversation between a mother and her teenager in the waiting room of my dentist office that made me rethink the concept of "a waste of time." 

The teenager was saying something we've all said: "WHY do I have to study algebra? I'll never use this!" (or maybe substitute "algebra" for another subject you didn't care for.) 

I've certainly felt that way at times -- both in high school, and college and even law school ...

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