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Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus write about living a meaningful life with less stuff for 4 million readers. As featured on: ABC, CBS, NBC, BBC, TODAY, NPR, TIME, Forbes, The Atlantic, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and National Post. They live in Missoula, Montana.

Day 2: Planning



Without a vision people perish. There is a good book called the Good Book that tells us this. But don’t worry, this is not a didactic religious sermon. But we hope that day 1 of your journey did help you establish your vision. Your Must List.

You did complete your Must List, right? And you have it posted somewhere where you can see it as well, right?

For reference, here’s an attenuated version of our Must List. It started out much longer than this, but we pared it down over time. Your must list might be longer than this right now, including some specific actions (e.g., I must get rid of my TV, I must donate 50% of my clothes, I must drink 100 ounces of water per day, etc.).

Joshua & Ryan’s Must List

  • We must live heathy lives every day.
  • We must eat healthy foods at every meal.
  • We must exercise at least four times per week.
  • We must build impactful, loving relationships every day.
  • We must contribute to others in a meaningful way every day.
  • We must grow as individuals every day.
  • We must work towards our mission every day.
  • We must write every day.
  • We must read every day.
  • We must listen to music every day.
  • We must be passionate every day.
  • We must be grateful and thankful every day.
  • We must enjoy our lives every day.
  • We must live in the moment.

Now what the heck do any of these things have to do with minimalism? you might ask. Well, if you read our definition of minimalism, then you’ll remember that minimalism is simply a tool to get rid of all the unnecessary stuff in your life so you can focus on what’s important. In other words, by removing all the excess from our lives, we are able to focus on the musts, we are able to focus on what’s important to us. The above list contains all of the items that are important to us, important for a happy, fulfilled, free life.

Our Must List is our personal vision of how we want to live our lives, and we chose to use minimalism as a tool to accomplish these things.

With your vision firmly in place, it is time for you to plan your journey into minimalism. You will spend one to two hours today planning your journey into minimalism.

To start we bought a cheap $1 calendar to write out our 21 days (you can print a calendar for free using a program like Word or find one online). We planned our entire journey and wrote it out step by step on our calendar and in our journals (knowing, obviously, that our days would alter and shift a bit as we got further down the path).

Go back to day 1 of your journey

Move on to day 3 of your journey

Go to the main page: Our Journey Into Minimalism: 21 Days That Changed Our Lives