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The Minimalists

Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus write about living a meaningful life with less stuff for 3 million readers. As featured on: CBS, BBC, NPR, Forbes, The Atlantic, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, and National Post. They live in Missoula, Montana.

Vying for Attention

Do I have your attention?

We all have the same 24 hours in a day. And yet, often, we neglect other people’s time. It’s hard to realize that we are not the center of the universe. Our own time is precious to us, and yet we’re constantly vying for other people’s attention, acting as if their attention isn’t just as precious as ours.

When we’re attempting to grab someone’s attention, we should do our part:

1. Be succinct. Brevity is indeed the soul of wit. Or, perhaps, brevity is wit. Thus, we needn’t wedge in unnecessary information or details. It’s possible to use minimalism to converse with others. Don’t leave out important information—don’t be vague—find a balance.

2. Have a point. Why do you want this person’s attention? To entertain her? To inform her? To ask her a question? Be as specific as you can.

3. Add value. This is the most important part. If you are not adding value, then you’re just taking someone’s valuable time. Ask yourself: Does this add value?