The Choice-Minimal Lifestyle

I’ve been a big fan of the Tim Ferriss podcast ever since it started a few weeks back. He’s had some extraordinary guests on the show so far. One podcast in particular struck me as very unique and interesting. In a shorter version than his traditional podcast (which are 1-3 hours in length), Tim read an essay called “The Choice-Minimal Lifestyle: 6 Formulas for More Output and Less Overwhelm”. I thought it was absolutely brilliant and immediately tweeted it out.

One particular “formula” that I’ve been putting into practice is routine:

Don’t strive for variation—and thus increase option consideration—when it’s not needed. Routine enables innovation where it’s most valuable.

Through this one simple switch, I’ve found that I have more free time now to pursue tasks that are actually mentally draining rather than focusing on smaller items like when will I start working or what I’m wearing during the day.

If you’re interested in reducing the amount of stress in your life, I’d encourage you to read the full essay here.