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Podcast 039 | Noise

In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua & Ryan discuss reducing digital, physical, and mental noise in our everyday lives, and they answer the following questions:

  • How do you deal with negative emotions?
  • What methods do you recommend for getting to sleep?
  • How do you adopt minimalism when you have mental challenges?
  • How do you manage to be a minimalist among non-minimalists?
  • How do you break the cycle of compulsory consumption?
  • Should you proactively provide others with constructive criticism?



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Minimal Maxims

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

  • Ryan on restaurant noise: “I avoid TV-filled restaurants unless I’m there to watch football.”
  • Joshua on restaurant noise: “The first step in turning down the volume is avoiding the noise. At the very least, turn your back to the noise.”
  • Ryan on the value of noise and static: “Noise isn’t always bad. I love going to concerts—plenty of noise there.”
  • Joshua on the value of noise and static: “The noise helps us appreciate the quiet.”
  • Ryan on ignoring devices and focusing on loved ones: “I’ve been to plenty of get-togethers where the invite specifically asks for no phones to be present during the event.”
  • Joshua on ignoring devices and focusing on loved ones: “For more meaningful get-togethers, leave your phone in the car, suggest a phone-free evening, and keep a phone basket near the door.”
  • Ryan on silencing mental noise: “Meditate.”
  • Joshua on silencing mental noise: “Are your negative thoughts useful? If so, take action. If not, let go.”
  • Ryan on noise while writing: “I like being in a coffeeshop. It’s not the noise, though—it’s the movement of the people I enjoy.”
  • Joshua on noise while writing: “Silence reigns supreme.”

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