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Earlier this week I wrote about something that really gets under my skin: distracted drivers, using their stupidphones while driving 2,000 + pound vehicles over 70 mph down the freeway, literally inches from surrounding traffic. They put their lives in danger, they put my life in danger, and they make everyone out on the road a nervous wreck.

All because they don’t have the self-control to wait just a few minutes to do whatever they need to do with their precious handheld electronic device. They can’t wait to check their status, see a photo, or send out a cute, pithy Tweet they think might go viral and make them internet-famous. Not to put too fine a point on it, but this kind of impatience is dangerous.

This kind of impatience kills.

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By Rick Lugash
on Aug 13 2017
  • Lifestyle
  • Creating Good Habits
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In an earlier post, I told you a story about something I saw one day out on the street that made me scratch my head in wonder. Actually, what I saw totally baffled me, and got me thinking about how so many of us spend way too much time with our faces buried in our electronic devices, oblivious to the world around us.

Maybe you remember.

A woman crossing a busy intersection, holding a cup of coffee in one hand, texting with the other, pushing a toddler with a forty-pound dog on a four-foot lead attached to the stroller (using the two fingers she wasn’t using to hold her coffee). Engrossed in her smartphone. Disconnected from her kid, her dog, the cars whizzing by, the other people crossing the street, everything. For her, nothing in the universe existed but the drive to finish that text, like that meme, post that insta-something, or send that email.

That moment made me scratch my head and triggered philosophical musings about the madness of our cultural obsession with social media and the perils of instant connectivity. But lately I keep seeing something that elicits a much more powerful reaction inside me. Something that makes do me more than scratch my head with a quizzical look and go “Hmmmm. That’s nuts.” 

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By Rick Lugash
on Aug 09 2017
  • Lifestyle
  • Creating Good Habits
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Do you feel the need to stay on top of everything?

Are you obsessed with keeping up-to-the-nanosecond on every scandal out of Washington, the latest salacious Hollywood gossip, the inside dirt on the new tech innovation that will change the way we do everything, or the hidden secrets about every single episode of every critically acclaimed TV show airing this season?

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By Rick Lugash
on Aug 06 2017
  • Declutter
  • Creating Good Habits
  • Lifestyle
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My last message to you was all about space, time, and perspective. I’d just returned from an amazing vacation to Alaska, where I was blown away by the breathtaking natural beauty, the size and scope of the landscape, and the fact that in Alaska, there simply aren’t very many people.

In a place like that, perspective is easy to find. 

All it takes is a single glance up at a 20,000-foot peak rising from the sea, soaring above the deep green tree line, thrusting its rocky, snow-capped finger past the midnight sun into the dark blue summer sky. It puts you in your place immediately. Petty troubles of city life melt away. The space and time you need to think deep thoughts and reflect on big questions are there for the asking.

That’s all well and good, but the fact is that I live in Los Angeles, a busy modern city with a population of close to four million people. Don’t get me wrong: I love my town. With mountains to the east and ocean to the west, I’m always surrounded by natural beauty.

If I remember to look up. 

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By Rick Lugash
on Jul 27 2017
  • Lifestyle
  • Universal Laws
  • Creating Good Habits
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Perspective is everything. 

I just returned from an amazing adventure – that’s why you haven’t received a personal email from me in a while. I was away on my yearly vacation, and this one had a profound effect on me. I returned home refreshed, recharged, and ready to re-engage in my life. First on my re-engagement list is reconnecting to all of you with this email. I missed writing these, and I’ve totally missed reading all your replies and comments. 

Now, back to my vacation. 

I spent a couple of weeks in a place so different from my home environment that I may as well have been on another planet. A place filled with hundreds of snow-capped peaks, thousands of rivers, millions of lakes, and uncounted acres of wild, rugged, verdant forests stretching from horizon to horizon. A place where you can drive for hours without seeing another car on the road, walk for miles without seeing another person, and spend days on end without seeing any evidence of human activity or civilization. 

With all those natural features filling the breathtaking vistas, the most profound element of the landscape was the sheer size of everything. With that size comes space. And with that space comes time. 

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By Rick Lugash
on Jul 18 2017
  • Universal Laws
  • Lifestyle
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Back in the 1960s, folk-rock supergroup The Byrds took a Pete Seeger song – adapted from well-known Bible verse – and turned it into the smash hit “Turn! Turn! Turn!” 

Here’s how the first verse goes: 

 

To everything - turn, turn, turn
There is a season - turn, turn, turn
And a time to every purpose under heaven


If you’ve been following along with our declutter series, you know how much I appreciate the insight found in ancient proverbs. They’re short on words, but long on wisdom. I especially love how a few choice syllables resonate over the centuries and help us out as much today as they helped people over 1,000 years ago. 

The kernel of wisdom in this song is simple: there’s a proper time for everything. 

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By Rick Lugash
on Jul 02 2017
  • Insomnia & Sleep
  • Universal Laws
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Over the past couple of posts, I’ve talked to you about a good friend of mine, world-renowned sleep expert Dr. Michael Breus, a.k.a The Sleep Doctor. I’ve told you about a simple tool – his amazing Chronotype Quiz – that can transform your life and improve your health by identifying your personal time-archetype. In less than a minute, you can learn valuable information that has huge impact on your overall health. 

Are you a Lion, a Bear, a Wolf, or a Dolphin

Take the quiz to find out now. 

I love Dr. Breus’ work because it’s right in line with everything I’ve been doing over the past year to declutter my life, focus on what matters most, and separate the wheat from the chaff in everything I do. Millions of viewers who’ve seen Dr. Breus on Dr. OzThe ViewThe Today Show, or read his articles in The Wall Street JournalThe New York Times, or The Washington Post love his work, too. 

 

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By Rick Lugash
on Jun 29 2017
  • Insomnia & Sleep
  • Creating Good Habits
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A good friend of mine has a yearly ritual. Each spring, he takes a week off from everything in his life and heads up to the mountains for some solitary reflection time. He’s a brilliant, successful architect, dedicated family man, and all-around fun and social person. But during his week in the mountains, he leaves everything behind. He unplugs completely: no internet, no television, and no phone, except for daily check-ins with his family so they know he’s okay. He takes walks, he reads, he writes, he paints, and he thinks. He cooks for himself, washes his own dishes, and though his little cabin has electricity, he takes the opportunity to align his internal clock with nature. He wakes up with the sun and starts to wind down his day when the sun sets. 

When he comes back from his week, he’s refreshed, recharged, filled with energy, and ready to rededicate himself to his life, family, and career. He swears this week is the magic pill that makes it all work. Without it, he’d be lost.

Renaissance Time

If you’re one of our regular readers, you know about Renaissance Time. If you’re not, I won’t ruin the surprise: you’ll need to sign up for our declutter series to learn all about it and how to incorporate it into your daily routine. Spoiler alert: it’s all about starting your day analog and not digital, and taking time every day to do things that enrich your soul and improve your life.

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By Spencer Tyler
on Jun 28 2017
  • Lifestyle
  • Declutter
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In my last post, I introduced you to a good friend of mine, world-renowned sleep expert Dr. Michael Breus. I also told you about his amazing Chronotype Quiz. This simple tool can transform your life and improve your health by identifying your personal time-archetype. In less than a minute, you can learn valuable information that has huge impact on your overall health.

Are you a Lion, a Bear, a Wolf, or a Dolphin

Are you a morning person, a night person, an in-betweener, or someone who’s never slept easy? 

Take the quiz to find out now. 

Whatever your type, Dr. Breus can teach you how to use this basic knowledge to change how you approach your sleep.

If you haven’t seen Dr. Breus on Dr. Oz, The View, The Today Show, or read his articles in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, or The Washington Post, I’m extremely glad you’re reading this email – especially if you’re one of the millions of Americans suffering from insomnia.

Insomnia Isn’t Just About Sleep

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By Rick Lugash
on Jun 25 2017
  • Insomnia & Sleep
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Dear Reader,

If you’ve been following along with our 30-Day Declutter Series, then you know I’m all about efficiency. I’m constantly looking for ways to simplify and streamline my life. I want to find ways to make my time mean something. I want to clear the clutter and achieve results without spending hours on frivolous activities that don’t bring me any real value.

That’s why the opening email in our 30-Day Declutter Series introduced a concept known as The Law of the Few. This law observes that if you divide the world into causes and results, relatively few causes lead to a disproportionate amount of results. It shows up everywhere because it’s a pattern embedded in nature. It’s more than just a pattern – it’s a natural law. 

The Law of the Few always exists.

I’m reminded of it every day. And I just found another place where the conscious application of The Law of the Few can improve your life: sleep.

The Sleep Doctor, Chronotypes, and Making Your Time Count 

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By Rick Lugash
on Jun 25 2017
  • Insomnia & Sleep
  • Declutter

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