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Quitting BTYB?

Maybe by definition, but not in spirit.

I've been thinking a lot about BTYB / LN over the past couple weeks, which lead to the survey from yesterday (please take a minute to fill it out if you haven't already). Tonight I had a conversation about all this with Carl Zetterlund, a long time reader who is doing a segment of LN with me right now.

So, I think it's time to make some changes. Here are the problems, as I see them:

The Zen of Not Buying So Much Stuff

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Photo is a very clean dinner table set up before a legendary Christmas Party with some very old friends.

I love efficiency. I always love figuring out the most efficient way of doing things. Whether it be packing for an overseas trip or simply figuring out a better way of cleaning the sink, I am all about efficiency.

However, I also love stuff. Too often, I'm tempted to buy things that eventually turn out to be unnecessary. In my quest to be efficient, I tend to buy many products that seem to make things more efficient but in truth, don't. You stop being efficient because you now have too much stuff. This real

Whenever I'm confronted with the urge to buy a new item, I now put myself through a 5-stage process to ensure that what I'm buying, I really need.

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