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Simplify & Purge

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Recently I was at a retreat with a group discussing our challenges within our business, personal, and family lives. This group is one of my sounding boards and we get together once a quarter.

One item we discussed was simplification. Seems like an easy enough topic. Let me assure you, it’s not.  Many of today’s demands have made aspects of our lives complicated, especially with the addition of today’s technology. You feel the need to constantly answer email, check Facebook, the news, sports scores—keep up with the Joneses.

Part of our discussion regarding simplification was around purging all our excess; clothes we have not used in a while, paperwork we don’t care about, old emails. As I returned from my retreat, I thought about what I could eliminate. I was skeptical, but started the process. I started slow: I began to purge clothes I haven’t worn in a while, then old emails, then unsubscribing to emails and ads I really don’t read or care about. To be honest, it is very liberating.

What can you purge from your life that is just taking up space?

“It’s not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential.” —Bruce Lee

Be simply happy. Have a great weekend.


About Friday Food for Thought (FFfT)

I frequently attend conferences and retreats on entrepreneurship and leadership and while I am away, the J2 team picks up the slack, allowing me to learn to be better at what I do. I wanted to share what I was learning with my team, so I created the weekly FFfT emails in November of 2015 and have been writing them ever since.

Before long, the J2 staff began sharing the FFfT emails with their friends and family and now other leaders have asked to be included, which led to the creation of this newsletter. I hope you enjoy!