The darkest day of the year is behind us! Light is coming back a little more each day from now on (here on the Northern hemisphere, that is). In the north of Sweden we’ve had but a few hours of light the last week (in the farthest north none at all). And I feel it.  I need more sleep and there is a slight heaviness or resistance to every effort. But now that the worst is past, that heaviness has lifted and it is a little easier to breathe again. No wonder people in all kinds of religions have the tradition of a holiday around this time of year! A time to celebrate with family and friends that light is returning in the darkness.

If you’d like to spend some of that time reading, there are a lot of ideas on minimalistic time-management out there. I knew when I started looking that I was probably not the first person to think about this subject – and I was absolutely right. A lot of people have shared very wise thoughts on the subject (or subjects related to it in my mind). Here are a few of my favourites:

12 Simple Strategies to Create Space in Your Day – Joshua Becker – about the importance of slowing down

Time management and cognitive biases – Jeri Dansky – why we make false assumptions about time

Do Less and Live More – Melissa Camara Wilkins – stop being busy, choose activities mindfully

5 Ways to Slow Down and Enjoy the Simple Life – Clare Devlin and White Space: Why It Matters in Our Life – Brian Gardner – about the importance of space in your schedule

6 Routines to Simplify Now – Robin  – why routines makes life easier

(All of these blogs have a lot of other good content as well, so don’t be surprised of time flies…)

I also found a book: Greg McKeown’s “Essentialism”. It was recommend on several of the blogs I’ve read, and finally I caved and read it myself. And was amazed! It seems there is a word for the way of living I’m striving for, and it’s called Essentialism. (At least in this book.) I recognized most of my own thoughts and vague ideas, but Greg McKeown has obviously been thinking about this for a long time and his reasoning was clearer than mine. But I felt very much at home. To get a taste of it and if it’s something for you as well, here is a link to some of his texts (most of the subjects are covered in more depth in the book): Greg McKeown’s posts at LinkedIn .

I wish you all a restful, joyful holiday!