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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.

Reasons for Waiting

Perhaps you are in the middle of a project at home or work or school, and you’re rushing to meet a deadline. Perhaps that deadline has you stressed out. Perhaps you know you can make that deadline, but you will sacrifice the quality of your work in doing so. What’s worse, by sacrificing the quality of your work, you might be sacrificing much more.

Have you ever turned in a creation of yours—a paper at school, a project at work, or something you’ve been working on during your spare time—that you know could have been better? Sure you have.

There are at least two reasons why we settle for sub-par quality in our work: We couldn’t move the deadline. Or we just wanted to get it out of the way.

Either way, what you’re left with is a creation that is a direct reflection of you, even if the quality isn’t a reflection of what you’re capable of.

It is important to note that quality is different from perfection. You shouldn’t wait until your project is perfect to say it’s finished. We posit to you that you should, however, make sure you did the best you could do given the resources at your disposal.

It is equally important to note that you should not postpone something just because you don’t feel like doing it. The most important part of postponing anything is that you plan to continue to take massive action to make it better.

This is why we are postponing the release of our first book, Minimalism In 21 Days. We are doing so for a few reasons:

  1. At its current state Minimalism In 21 Days is about 300 pages and requires some radical attenuation. We believe it should be 100 to 150 pages.
  2. We could release it on time (originally slated for March 28, 2011), but a book about getting rid of excess should itself be free of excess.
  3. A lot of people have asked us about this book via email and social media, and we feel it is our duty to give those people the best quality product possible.
  4. We have control of the deadline. Thankfully, in this case, we aren’t held to a deadline by someone else, which means we can chose to move back the date so we can focus on producing the best quality ebook.

We are certain our book will help people change their lives. We wouldn’t release it otherwise. We’re certain because we documented our journey from start to finish in great detail and are showing you how we changed our lives and what immediate actions you can take to change yours.

Update: We decided to kill Minimalism In 21 Days and instead post an attenuated version of its contents in a free 22-essay series, “Our Journey.” This allowed us to focus on recreating the best book possible, which we published on December 8, 2011: Minimalism: Live a Meaningful Life.