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5 Minimalist Principles That Promise To Simplify Work And Prevent Burnout

https://www.forbes.com/sites/drewhansen/2016/12/27/minimalism-documentary-netflix-career-principles/

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5 Minimalist Principles That Promise To Simplify Work And Prevent Burnout
On December 15, Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things debuted on Netflix. The film follows The Minimalists Joshua and Ryan on their 10-month book tour across the U.S. while interspersing interviews with other well-known thinkers in the simple living space. The definition of minimalism I like is: "as simple as possible but no simpler."

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Minimalist principles to apply to work

Minimalist principles to apply to work
  • Declutter your workspace, including your computer;
  • Identify the essential and say no to unnecessary activities;
  • Whatever you do, make it worthwhile. Including your time off.
  • Fill your life with joy and consciously choose what you want your career to consist of.
  • At the end of the workday, reflect on what you accomplished and consider what you could improve.

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