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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.

Clear Your Damn Plate

Clear Your Damn Plate

I don’t own much, but I have a lot to live for.

And so do you. But you know this already.

Paring down my possessions over the last two years has afforded me more free time and more freedom and a less stressful life.

That’s why I’m trying a new experiment next month. I’m going to clear my damn plate—a phrase my mother used to use with vigor—and focus on one thing at a time (i.e., place one thing on my empty plate at a time).

There is little-to-no physical clutter in my life, but I still get stressed out sometimes; I get stressed out by self-imposed deadlines, by other people’s expectations, by my own standards of supposed accomplishment, by constant interruptions that I can control.

I am in control, just as you are in control. We must remember that. This is my life, I am in charge, and I have the freedom to do what I want.

So next month I’m going to clear my plate, and I’m going to do only one thing at a time. All the time. I’m not going to take my computer with me when I want to read a book or exercise or visit a friend. I’m not going to check my phone when I’m eating a meal with someone. I’m not going to brush my teeth while I browse through email.

I’m going to be in the moment. If I’m on Twitter, then I’ll give my full attention to Twitter, not the other way around. If I’m reading a book, I’ll read a book. If I’m writing, I will write. If I’m interacting with you, I’ll interact with you, uninterrupted.

I will live my life, one moment at a time.

The moments of our lives deserve our full attention. So let’s give our lives the attention they deserve and start living a more meaningful life, one that we love.

Care to join me? Want to clear your damn plate for a month?