suitcasesThanks to Asian Efficiency for giving me permission to share this post with you:


This month’s newsletter is about a simple philosophy that I live by.

I had totally forgotten about this simple philosophy. Let me share a quick story that reminded me of this.

Last week, a good friend of mine stopped by to catch up. I haven’t seen him since college so I was really excited to see this person. It was like two short Asian grandpas getting together and swapping stories over Mahjong (Asian grandpas like to gamble).

Good times.

Anyways, he stayed over at my place and he got to observe me in my natural habitat as I was working and just living my life as usual. Then he said something that reminded me of one of my philosophies that I had totally forgotten:

“Dude, you’re wearing the same clothes every day. What’s up with that?”

It’s simple - I don’t like to own too much stuff. This applies to everything - from girlfriends to credit cards to clothing.

When you own a lot of things, it robs you of willpower and energy. You have to maintain things. You have to clean them. You have to store them somewhere. This all robs me of something one way or another.

Willpower is a limited resource that we have at our disposal every day. I don’t want to waste that on minuscule stuff like deciding which clothes I’m going to wear, figuring out what I’m going to eat or doing routine maintenance stuff that I absolutely hate.

Did you know that stress is the fastest way to burn up all your willpower? That’s why I try to avoid stress the way an Asian college student avoids a test score lower than 99%.

The less I have, the less I have to think and stress about.

I save my willpower for when I need to bring out the big guns, like focusing on my most important task, building systems, driving projects to completion or convincing Aaron that I’m more Asian Efficient than he is.

Point being, you only have a limited amount of willpower each day. Use it wisely, like your time.

I’m a systems thinking kind of guy, so I like to see everything in objects, how they work together and how I can tweak things to run more efficiently. What I’ve realized is that the simpler my life is, the more effective I am.

In this case, the less stuff I have…the less I have to think about them…the more willpower I save for more important things.

Because of that, some people think I’m boring when they see my place. I like to think I’m Asian Efficient. That person just hasn’t seen the light at the end of the great wall of China yet.

If you could see everything I have, it fits in two suitcases. I call it my “2 suitcases rule of living” and it’s something I try to stick to as much as possible.


It makes me more mobile, efficient and effective.

I can pack my bags anytime I want and live in another city 24 hours later without any issues.

I rarely have to clean stuff. Maintaining stuff is not a big deal because I don’t have a lot of stuff to maintain.

I don’t have to worry about things being in the way, objects cluttering my place or distracting me from my craft.

All this helps me get more stuff done with laser-like focus, I make better decisions and I get the right stuff done in a flow state.

Two suitcases of things. That’s all you need.

P.S. Technically I don’t wear the EXACT same clothes every day (as my friend mentioned), but it all looks the same. Shorts, solid color vintage t-shirt, barefoot and “out of bed” hair. That’s how I roll.

Note from Meggin:

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