Declutter Your Stuff.
key takeaway: Marie Kondo's philosophy is about letting go of the things in your life that is taking up room, causing guilt or stress. You leave space in your life only for the items that give you pleasure.
“The question of what you want to own is actually the question of how you want to live your life.”
Declutter Your Mind
key takeaway: Not writing down tasks clutters your mind and causes stress. After this book, I embraced using digital task management and better physical file keeping in order to organize ideas and information.
“Your mind is for having ideas, not holding them.”―David Allen (tweet this)
Declutter Your Timekey takeaway: Essentialism reiterates many of the themes in the prior two books but talks mostly about philosophy. Coming from a more business management perspective, there is still a lot in here that falls into the personal self-development world. Are you spending your time with people and on projects that matter most?
“Remember that if you don’t prioritize your life someone else will.” ― Greg McKeown (tweet this)
“Essentialism is not about how to get more things done; it’s about how to get the right things done. It doesn’t mean just doing less for the sake of less either. It is about making the wisest possible investment of your time and energy in order to operate at our highest point of contribution by doing only what is essential.”― Greg McKeown
|The 4-Hour Workweek|
Doing less is not being lazy
key takeaway: I wasn't sure at first which category to put this book under...is it personal development? Management? Or productivity? In the end, since the title is about only working 4 hours a week, I decided the author's intent is to declutter your life and live more productively.
“Focus on being productive instead of busy.” ―Timothy Ferriss (tweet this)
“Doing less is not being lazy. Don't give in to a culture that values personal sacrifice over personal productivity.”― Timothy Ferriss
“Being busy is a form of laziness - lazy thinking and indiscriminate action.”― Timothy FerrissIf you never heard of Tim Ferriss before, he has a bit of a cult following and a hugely entertaining and popular podcast which I suggest you check out.
Declutter to manifest your desireskey takeaway: Are you surprised that this book is here? If you read this book or anything by this author you will learn she believes the first step in manifesting your desires is to declutter both your physical and your psychological spaces.
"Can a good declutter change your life? When you get rid of everything in your life that’s not working for you, you’re free to completely shift your life from the inside out.”― Denise Duffield-Thomas
Old Fashioned Page Turners
By the way, all of the above books I read in the old fashioned way- not on audio- not on a kindle either. I really enjoy the pleasures of owning books and getting to mark them up with my comments and doodles. In the next series, there will be many books that I listened to but the best ones I went ahead and bought physical copies so I could deface them in the same manner.
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In Case We Haven't Met Yet...
Hello! I'm Miriam Schulman and I create mixed media art to tell stories. I also teach other people how to craft their stories with art. I give them the techniques they need to get the results they desire which brings more joy to their lives.