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Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus help over 20 million people live meaningful lives with less through their website, books, podcast, and documentary. The Minimalists have been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Forbes, TIME, ABC, CBS, NBC, BBC, CBC, and NPR.

Podcast 036 | Focus

In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua & Ryan discuss focus, pacifiers, success, priorities, goals, and much more, and they answer the following questions:

  • How do we better educate ourselves about negative media?
  • How can minimalism help us develop and maintain clarity of mind?
  • Can pacifiers be useful?
  • How do we maintain a minimalist lifestyle?
  • How do we stay grounded with so much going on?



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Minimal Maxims

Joshua & Ryan’s pithy, sharable, less-than-140-character answers to the lightning-round questions:

  • Ryan on social media: “I check social media once a day.”
  • Joshua on social media: “Does this message serve the greater good? If not, delete before sending.”
  • Ryan on multitasking: “There’s no such thing as multitasking.”
  • Joshua on multitasking: “There’s only single-tasking. Or single-tasking plus noise.”
  • Ryan on goals: “I don’t have goals. If I don’t need a goal, then I don’t have it.”
  • Joshua on goals: “Instead of goals, I prefer to have a direction in which I travel: if you’re searching for a sunrise, head east; for a sunset, west.”
  • Ryan on focus: “If you don’t meditate—meditate. Five minutes a day—try it out.”
  • Joshua on focus: “First identify your ideal life, then shed that which does not serve your vision.”
  • Ryan on nutrition: “If I eat crap, I feel like crap.”
  • Joshua on nutrition: “Eat real foods. No sugar. Nothing processed. Reduce carbs. Treat food as nourishment, not entertainment.”

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This episode was produced by Shawn Harding. Our theme music was written and performed by Peter Doran. Our podcasts are completely free, so if you found value in this episode, and you’d like to help us produce more, please consider donating a dollar to The Minimalists. Your donations help keep this podcast 100% advertisement-free (because advertisements suck).

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