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The Minimalists

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.

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I conduct countless experiments. Not those bunny-rabbit-in-a-cage kind of experiments, but real-life tests of self. These experiments get me outside my comfort zone, allow me to grow, and force me to learn myriad things about myself along the way.

Through these experiments, I’ve discovered more than I ever thought possible—learning my limits, testing my habits, stretching my mind, confronting my darkest emotions.

The point of these experiments is not to limit myself though, at least not in the long term. Minimalism has never been about deprivation. Rather, I limit myself in the short term so I can learn about myself, learn about my psyche, and ultimately identify what is meaningful in my life.

Often these changes stick in my life, they become empowering habits that make my life more meaningful. Other times, I gain a deeper understanding of myself even though I discontinue the experiment.

My Past Experiments

Other Experiments I’m Considering

  • Getting rid of email altogether
  • No internet usage for a month
  • Juice fasting for 10 days (Ryan just did this)
  • Reading a book a week (N.B. I’m a slow reader)
  • Publishing one or two short stories a month
  • TBD

How about you—what are you considering? Send me a message on Twitter and let me know.