Outer Order, Inner Calm Manifesto

Outer Order, Inner Calm manifesto displayed on iPad

One of my favorite exercises is to write a “Manifesto.” No matter what subject I study, I find it helpful to try to distill my ideas into succinct statements of the most important principles.

For instance, I’ve done a Happiness Manifesto, a Habits Manifesto, and a Podcast Manifesto.

It’s a fun, creative, and clarifying process.

So of course as I was writing my new book Outer Order, Inner Calm, I wanted to write an accompanying manifesto. As with all my manifestos, this one is aspirational—it’s not necessarily what I do, it’s what I try to do.

Agree, disagree? Did I miss anything important?

  • Outer order contributes to inner calm.
  • Without delay is the easiest way.
  • Something that can be done at any time is often done at no time.
  • It’s easier to keep up than to catch up.
  • When in doubt, toss it out—or recycle it, or give it away.
  • Remind yourself: I have plenty of room for the things that are important to me.
  • If you can’t retrieve it, you won’t use it.
  • One of the worst uses of time is to do something well that need not be done at all.
  • Accept yourself, and expect more from yourself.
  • What you do every day matters more than what you do once in a while.
  • Creating outer order isn’t a matter of having less, or having more; it’s a matter of wanting what you have.
  • Things often get messier before they get tidier.
  • Store things at the store.
  • Little by little, you can get a lot accomplished.
  • Nothing is more exhausting than the task that is never started.
  • There’s no one “right” way to create and maintain order.
  • Clutter attracts clutter.
  • The days are long, but the years are short.

You can download this manifesto as a PDF here.



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