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A Day in the Life of a Minimalist [Kindle Edition]

Joshua Fields Millburn , Colin Wright
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (136 customer reviews)

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Book Description

At age 30, Joshua Fields Millburn left his six-figure career, ditched most of his material possessions, and started focusing on life’s most important aspects. Once he embraced his newfound minimalist lifestyle, he never looked back.

Suffice it to say, everything has changed in Millburn’s life in the last three years. After his mother died in October 2009 and his marriage ended a month later, he began questioning everything in his life: his material possessions, his career, his goals, his health, his relationships, his path in life. Soon he discovered minimalism.

In the three years since the author adopted a minimalist lifestyle, he has written more than 300 essays about minimalism and intentional living. He has written about his journey, his failures, his lessons, and everything he has learned during his transformation. A Day in the Life of a Minimalist is a collection of his best, most important individual writings—rethought and edited specifically for this collection.

This 208-page book contains 50 essays about living a meaningful life with less stuff, including “The Short Guide to Getting Rid of Your Crap,” “The Commodification of Love,” “Letting Go of Shitty Relationships,” and the title essay. Collectively, these essays are purposefully organized into nine sections—lifestyle, goals, experiments, clutter, relationships, changes, philosophy, consumer culture, and work—covering a variety of topics, viewpoints, and arguments within those themes.

Also included are a special forward written by Colin Wright (the man who introduced Millburn to minimalism) and an introduction by Joshua Fields Millburn, as well as two unpublished essays that can’t be found anywhere else: “What If Everyone Was a Minimalist?” and “Work-Life Balance.”

These essays were written to encourage readers to think critically about the excess in their lives and, ultimately, to take action towards living more intentionally. This collection is short enough to be read in a few sittings, or it can be digested slowly, reading one essay a day for nearly two months, applying its principals each day to your own life.

Cover design by Dave LaTulippe · Published by Asymmetrical Press

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From the Author

Like a good dessert, sometimes you have to save the best for last.

Suffice it to say, everything has changed in my life in the last three years. After my mother died in October 2009 and my marriage ended a month later, I began questioning everything: my material possessions, my career, my goals, my health, my relationships, my path in life. Around the same time, I discovered minimalism.

In those three years, I've written more than 300 essays about minimalism and intentional living. I wrote about my journey, my failures, my lessons, and everything I've learned during my transformation.

I already published two essay collections over the years, but I intentionally saved the best for last. My new 208-page book, A Day in the Life of a Minimalist is my sixth book (third essay collection), but it is my first solo nonfiction release, and in more ways than one, it contains the best nonfiction I've ever written.

A Day in the Life of a Minimalist is available in paperback and Kindle formats. I'd love for you to pick up a copy, leave a review, and share it with a friend. I sincerely hope this book adds value to your life. If it does, feel free to leave a review. 


About the Author

JOSHUA FIELDS MILLBURN left his corporate career at age 30 to become a full-time author and writing instructor. His essays at have garnered an audience of more than 100,000 monthly readers. Millburn is the bestselling author of three fiction and four nonfiction books and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, NPR, CBS, NBC, FOX, and Zen Habits. He was born in 1981 and currently lives in Montana by way of Dayton, Ohio. Read more at his website,

Product Details

  • File Size: 295 KB
  • Print Length: 211 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1938793064
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Asymmetrical Press; 3rd edition (November 19, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A9FTNF4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,561 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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64 of 70 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Clever Sell (Maybe Not Surprisingly) December 28, 2012
Before I started reading this book, I was under the impression that it would be addressing some philosophical or psychological issues pertaining to minimalism or the life of a minimalist. It might have been due to the fact that it's being sold as a book of essays and arguments. Fifty pages showed me that I was reading nothing more than a detailed account (in a big-seller, self-help type format) of the life of a guy who had 'turned his life around' through realising that happiness isn't achieved through the excesses that money brings, but from exercise, relationships (let's say, things of intrinsic value). I'll leave it up to you as to whether you find this insightful or not.

It's maybe nice to remind ourselves of the truth that this book is professing, especially in this materialistic day and age, but listening attentively to "Can't Buy Me Love" by The Beatles might achieve just as much as what this book is attempting to achieve. However, where this book might succeed is in reminding you more than a couple times of how the author loves literary fiction, loves writing literary fiction, and of the titles of the books and stories that he's published. I have to say at the risk of sounding cynical that there is a certain irony in the fact that the author was extremely successful in business/sales before he started his life of 'minimalism'.

If Joshua Fields Millburn wants to sell me a book of essays and arguments, he should at least instill them with a bit of insight and original thought. I (and I imagine most people) don't need to know the inherent value of keeping well-hydrated and developing techniques to manage stress. This book has a place for readers who are looking for self-motivating reads. It's not for me.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars the author repeated himself over and over again December 27, 2012
By Laurie
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I was disappointed. Started out interesting, but as book continued, the author repeated himself over and over again. Especially annoying was how often he mentioning his corporate management job.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars not as solid as the site February 23, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Somewhere Milburn must have learned that repetition drives the message home. The "I left my 6 figure income corporate job" schtick got tiring quickly and I stopped counting at 12 essays that stated this fact.

While I am aware these essays were plucked from the minimalists site, charging for them is not cool when there was little to no editing from the free product. There are some good nuggets in there that I missed regularly reading the blog, so all was not lost.

I have always enjoyed the Minimalists site but sitting down and reading this in one go, frankly, got nauseating. Milburn is brave to admit his faults and shows no fear exposing his previous and current life, that should be commended. However, someone should tell him that running a dozen or so mobile phone stores with 150 employees and making six figures is not a fancy corporate job. He comes across as smug thinking he hit the pinnacle of the corporate world and walked away, when in fact, it was far from it.
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars life changing July 18, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book was the catalyst necessary to provide me the courage to change my life.

While reading this book:
I stopped cutting my hair.
I stopped over-eating.
I stopped using food to comfort myself.
I stopped drinking soda.
I started listening to music, rather than just hearing it.
I started taking my time with things.
I stopped taking my wife for granted.
I stopped brushing my teeth with fluoride filled toothpaste.
I started brushing my teeth with a motorized toothbrush.
I stopped surfing the web.
I stopped having Internet in my home.
I started spending more time playing with my toddler son.
I stopped having cable TV in my home.
I started drinking water every day.
I reduced my personal possessions.
I stopped buying things that weren't necessities.
I started questioning the value of everything in my life.
I stopped meandering through my life.
I started living intentionally.
I started focusing.
I stopped avoiding relationships.
I started pursuing my dream to earn my living with a camera.
I moved to New York.
I stopped running from things I didn't want to face.
I lost 75 pounds.
I started believing in myself again.
I started realizing I could change who I am and change my life.

I recommend this book to anyone who's unhappy with the path they're currently on in life.

Thanks Joshua. This is precisely what I was looking for.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars a waste of time and money December 31, 2012
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There are few new insights in this book and I feel ripped off. It is about Josh who loves to talk about himself. At one point he is even talking to his reflection in the mirror, "Young Josh..." he addresses himself. He repeatedly tells us that he left his corporate job at age 30. Too much padding and self-absorption. The only part I enjoyed is how he decided to become a minimalist after hearing a comment from a neighbor when Josh was spending hours cleaning a cluttered garage. I have had a similar epiphany and I could relate to this. Note: Oops! The part I enjoyed turned out to be from Joshua Becker, an altogether different author. I highly recommend Becker's publications and online blog about minimalism which are less egocentric and relatable to a wide audience.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a look for most people in USA
Fascinating story and tips and more. You don't need all that stuff you think you need. It just comes with expense - financial, mental, emotional. Read more
Published 14 hours ago by Rachel
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Right
This has been the perfect little book of essays to read as I take on a similar task of making room to do what I love. Well-written, thought provoking and inspiring.
Published 6 days ago by YannyB
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent. Found myself anxious to continue reading.
Excellent. Found myself anxious to continue reading. Making some changes--rest of books going shortly--as a result of reading. Next I plan to read Joshua's fiction.
Published 11 days ago by Jay L Sperl
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Excellent! A must read! Also a must share.
Published 13 days ago by guygeorge
4.0 out of 5 stars Will it work for a life time?
A lot of interesting and useful ideas, but like many alternative lifestyle proposals, I am not sure how well it works with kids...
Published 1 month ago by David Pinson
4.0 out of 5 stars Really got me thinking
I was introduced to The Minimalists by a coworker. This book really got me thinking about how I live an excessive lifestyle day to day and why I am choosing to live this way. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Duane J. Tabert
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A good read though much of this information is redundant with Josh's other books.
Published 1 month ago by RC
4.0 out of 5 stars What am I waiting for
I really enjoyed this book. I have felt restless lately, wanting some kind of change. Reading what Josh did inspires me to start moving, start living my life instead of waiting... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sherry Jameson
3.0 out of 5 stars interesting
Worth the $1.00 a spent to read it. I Would do it again if your trying to minimize your possessions.
Published 2 months ago by di
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
This book is really wonderful. I've read other books on minimalism, but this one really gave a wider view and changed many of my previous ideas, in a good way. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Elizabeth S.
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More About the Author

Joshua Fields Millburn left his corporate career at age 30 to become a full-time author. Best known as half of the simple-living duo The Minimalists, his essays have garnered an audience of more than 2 million readers at

The Minimalists are currently on a 100-city book tour. Free tickets:

Millburn is the bestselling author of three fiction and five nonfiction books and has been featured on CBS This Morning, ABC, NBC, FOX, NPR, CBC Radio, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, New York Times, Forbes, Elle Canada, Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Examiner, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Seattle Times, Austin American-Statesman, Toronto Star, Globe & Mail, Vancouver Sun, Village Voice, LA Weekly, Zen Habits, and various other outlets.

He has toured internationally and has spoken at Harvard Business School, SXSW, World Domination Summit, TEDxWhitefish, and several other organizations, universities, and conferences.

To help raise the tide of independent publishing, Millburn cofounded Asymmetrical Press, an independent publishing company and community that embraces new technologies, methods, and ideas to help writers and creators reach an audience--publishing for the indie at heart.

Born in 1981 in Dayton, Ohio, Millburn currently lives in Missoula, Montana. Read more at his website:

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