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not enough time?
- Are you lost?
- Do you want to learn more about yourself?
- Would you like to take a critical look at the world around you and how it synthetically creates needs and desires?
Minimalism and looking at life in a minimalistic way is a tactic for taking back control of your life. People have used minimalism to find out what they truly desire in life. Before they started exploring and adapting minimalism for their needs they were lost and were following the lifestyle that was constructed to support consumerism. Like how trying a different diet (eg vegan, paleo, keto) helps to see the craziness of the standard diet (it feels good to eat but doesn't make you feel good afterwards). Moving away from the default lifestyle and trying something that switches the focus can give you insight into what makes the world work. Along with that, it can give you insight into what you really want and where you want to be in the future.
- Are you drained?
- Do you spend too much?
- Are you too busy?
Minimalism is about focusing on what are the most valuable and productive uses of your energy. You'll find that the more you minimise time spent what isn't useful and is not making you happy, the more energy you will have.
Research is finding that the classic activities that people do to relax might not actually be making them feel better. Just doing things without mindfulness for the perceived benefits isn't necessarily a path to having more energy, maybe watching a docco or going for a run although less mindless might be more restful than facebook or reddit. Focus on what is essential to you.
- Are there not enough hours in the day to get everything you want done?
- Do you have passions you want to spend time on but you just can't see how it can happen?
- Do you want to have an extra hour of sleep, an extra hour for family or an extra hour to learn something new?
Most people will have time in their day that they aren't using the best they can. This doesn't mean you have to be working every hour of the day or that you aren't allowed off time. But like how removing visual clutter can make the things you love stand out. Removing things that clutter your time can make it easier to see and assess what you're doing. You might have limited control of your time in some areas, like your work life or school life. What you might find when you assess the time that you can manage is that if you quit projects or activities that aren't really making you happy or furthering your life you might all of a sudden make that extra hour of sleep or time to learn that new skill happen. A related concept is essentialism .
- Does the thought of getting out of bed and deciding what to do exhaust you?
- Is your life full of choices that fundementally don't matter?
- Do you suffer from decision fatigue?
Humans only have a limited ability to make choices but yet we seek more of them. Having a big wardrobe to be able to express ourselves, having lots of options for the breakfast we have, for the route or method to get to work or school. This can be addressed by simplfying the choices you have and prioritising your needs over what you are offered. Think of those essential elements, structure routines, don't overwhelm yourself.
- Do you do quizes like this and worry about the impact your lifestyle has on the planet?
- Are you worried that your consumption is unsustainable?
- Do you want to do more to lower your consumption but don't know where to start?
It's hard to break the habit of thoughtless consumption. Minimalism is a tool that can support you in considering if what you are buying is really worth it. Minimalism promotes a buy-it-for life attitude. That is, buying one high-quality item that suits you over buying lots of things that aren't quite right. Minimalism is a way to fight back against companies that try to convince you that you won't be happy unless you buy the newest smartphone for you and everyone you know.