One of my new favorite blogs these days is The Everyday Minimalist.  I like this blog because the author and I share the same definition of minimalism – “Minimalism is simply keeping & using only what you truly love and want.”  So living with blank walls, one piece of furniture and 10 articles of clothing is not necessary to achieve minimalism.  Yes!

{Steve Jobs’ apartment in 1982}

Plus, we’re both single women (single as in unmarried) with regular full-time jobs; two traits that are surprisingly difficult to find in bloggers behind the blogs I follow.  Most of them are either housewives or self-employed or both.

One of her recent blog posts featured a video from Tim Ferriss about accelerated learning:

Here are some of his key points:


1)  Deconstruction – identifying why you might fail before you start

Goal: avoid those problems for the first 5 sessions.

2)  Selection – 80/20 principle (Pareto’s Law)

Identify 20% of the activities that produce 80% of the result.

3)  Sequencing – doing things in the opposite order

Start with the no stakes approach.

4)  Stakes

Have an incentive.


When you’re looking for solutions, try to remove things first rather than add things.

My favorite line in the video was when he quoted Antoine de Saint-Exupery (author of The Little Price):

“Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.”

So true.


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