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Spend Your Days

There’s a common thread woven through all the various times I feel overwhelmed at all I have to do and the limited resources with which I have to do them. I look at everyone else, and I think, “How on earth does she have time to do all that she does?”

I look at my staggering, never-ending to-do list, the expectations heaped on my plate, the thoughts swirling around in my head like an unappetizing casserole I never ordered, and I think—this is not a way to live. This is not a healthy way to feel in control of my time.

Whenever I feel this way, I look at it from a positive perspective: this feeling means I’m aware something’s off. I’ve paused enough to question my discomfort, to ask why my life isn’t operating how I want it to. It’s a good thing, in other words.

… What I just wrote there? Those are the first three paragraphs of my new ebook, which I’m releasing today. It’s about how I organize my time the same way I organize my house:

By first decluttering anything that doesn’t belong.

I’ve titled it Spend Your Days: How to Control Time with Rocks, Bullets, Chisels, and a Boat, partly in homage to one of my favorite quotes from a modern sage and poet.

“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” -Annie Dillard

In this ebook (the first full-length one I’ve released in three years), I walk through how I personally manage my time so that I spend it doing the things that matter most to me.

It’s not prescriptive, telling you it has to be done this way. It’s descriptive, telling you, This is how it’s worked well for me. Maybe you’d like to give it a shot?

It also explains how I manage my to-do lists in my bullet journal.

Spend YourDays ebook

You can currently buy it in a bundle of other goodies dedicated to conquering clutter.

All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us. -JRR Tolkein

I loved writing Spend Your Days because I love freeing us from the tyrannical idea that we should always be doing more, getting more done, hacking our time so that we fill it with more.

Nope. I’m all about doing less, but doing less better.

If you’re a fan of Essentialism, like me, I think you’ll like this new ebook of mine. And? It’s short—only 70 pages. I mean, why write a long book about making the most out of your time, right?

Check out the Conquer Your Clutter bundle

Update: I’ll also let you know when the book will be on sale as a standalone!

Reading Time:

2 minutes





  1. Dana

    Can we buy this without having to buy the bundle? I already have several of those e-books and do not want to purchase them again. I would just like your new ebook, is that possible?

  2. noreen

    I’m onboard with this bundle because of the end goal to do less “better”.
    Of course Tsh I often ask the same about yourself with what you opened up your first paragraph with ” how does she do it all”!
    Looking forward to the reads!

    • Tsh Oxenreider

      I’m so glad, Noreen!

  3. Jaime

    Will this ebook be available independently of the bundle? I don’t think that I need the entire bundle right now, but would absolutely love to read your book.

    • Tsh Oxenreider

      Great question! Yes, I think eventually it will be, but I’m not 100% sure when. That might not help answer your question! 🙂 Basically, you’ll be able to download it on its own at some point, but it may be awhile….

    • Tsh Oxenreider

      I think so, Jamie, but I’m not 100% sure when that’ll be. I’ll definitely let y’all know here though! 🙂

  4. Renae

    Hello! I signed up for Grove Collaborative under your link on Jan 8th ( they extended the sale one day) and still have not received your ebook simple seven. I’m wondering if there may be trouble with my email? Thanks so much for your help!

    • Tsh Oxenreider

      We’ll send you an email, Renae!

  5. Jennifer

    I’d really, really like to read your ebook, but I don’t think I need the “clutter” of all the other declutter materials. I’m sure it’s all great stuff, but I got tired just reading about all those items. Please let us know when we can buy it as a stand alone. 🙂

    • Tsh Oxenreider

      Understood – will do!

  6. Meghan S. Paulien

    Is the bundle supposed to take a long time to download?

    • Tsh Oxenreider

      Meghan, if you mean you’ve clicked the button “Download Everything,” I’m guessing it would take awhile. This is another reason I don’t download everything—here’s how I do it, if it helps. 🙂

  7. Melissa

    I came here because I saw the bundle on another website. Your ebook is the only thing I want in that whole set! Would love to buy it separately.

  8. janet

    Where can I see the full list of all the books in the bundle? Everything I click on takes me to the page with your little video. I just want to see the list. 🙂

    • Tsh Oxenreider

      Good question! I’m trying and trying to give you a direct link to a product list, but it looks like they didn’t hyperlink one (I’ll suggest this to them, though!). Here’s what I did:

      • Go to the main page again, and immediately pause the video. (I don’t blame you.) 😉
      • Scroll down till you see the purple header, “What’s in the Conquer Your Clutter Super Bundle?”
      • Click the link below it that says, “Show me a list of everything in the bundle.”

      Hope that helps, Janet!

  9. Yasmine Garza

    Simple and efficient is my approach as well. This seems like a useful book to keep me on track. Great job, pointing out that you do things that matter most. I realized how much time TV was syphoning from my life. It had to go.

  10. Angie

    Tsh – I just wanted to say that your post came at the perfect time for me. I have been praying about the chaos in my life and asking the LORD to help me bring order to it all. I have been overwhelmed with all that I have on my plate. I hesitated to buy a planner because I just couldn’t find that perfect one for my situation. I know the LORD placed your post in my inbox at the right time, and I began to explore the bullet journal idea. Between you and Kendra (Lazy Genius Collective), I was able to quickly put idea into play. I’m encouraged with the start of February and a lot more order to my life. The LORD is good! Thank you.

  11. Rachel

    Hi! I bought the bundle by clicking through your website but didn’t receive your ebooks described-what do I need to do next? Thanks Rachel

    • Tsh Oxenreider

      Hey Rachel! Sorry to hear that. If you submitted your email address in the form on this post back when the bundle sale was live, your two free e-books should have been auto-sent to you. But I get sometimes those things go to spam and/or get lost in the ether. In which case, please email my assistant, Caroline, at caroline @ theartofsimple . net, and she’ll get you what you need. Thanks!

  12. Rhonda

    How can I find out when this book becomes available on its own?

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