What Is Being A Minimalist?
This article is not about design. But about the way of living life. Well, you can name it as a minimalistic lifestyle design. In my opinion, it covers all the aspects of life. That means it covers the way you do things, the way you design something.
I think minimalism means having as little as you require. That means different things to everyone.
For me, having little means that I don’t have to think about things that I own. Don’t eat more than your body requires. Do only activities that are essential for you. Whether it brings you money or makes you smarter and experienced in things that worth to invest in.
Cut On Unnecessary Things
I completely cut on alcohol about 2 months ago. It’s not like I was drinking a lot. Mostly it was like a glass or two of wine per 2 weeks or even months. So not much. But I decided to not take even a drop of this for a long period of time. Of course, people around me don’t understand this. But that’s their choice.
From Wednesday last week, I decided to cut on refined sugar. I tried this before and was broken on the 25th day if I remember it right. It’s really hard to remove this sugar addiction. Especially if you like sweets and it helps you create in some way. I’m experimenting with my diet from time to time. I’ve already tried different things regarding sweets. So, I’m a bit experienced in this game and ready for new challenges. Refined sugar doesn’t make you healthy at all.
Anyway, I think it’s an important part of the way going minimal. A lot of successful people can tell you that eating sugar impacts on your energy and focus. You can achieve more by eating more healthy. It makes you think clear and gives you more energy.
I don’t read physical books. All books that I have are on my iPad, iCloud, or if it’s PDF than on Dropbox.
I use paper notebooks, but for temporary notes. I’m digitizing the most important notes, writings, and drawings and have them with me all the time on any device I take with me whether it’s laptop or iPhone.
Physical diaries are not for me. I tried them the first time when I was learning the basics of time management. I use Trello, calendar, and Toggl for managing my activities, obligations, events etc.
We’ve moved to another country half a year ago. I was with only one bag and backpack. My decision is to leave it with the same amount of stuff. Less is affordable for me, but not more that that.
If I buy some close I want to take care about replacement something with it. It means that, for example, if I buy a shirt then I should give away one of my old shirts somewhere.
Consumerism is a bad thing in my opinion. Some time ago people were managed with religion, later with politics and nowadays by consuming. This is a direct evil of being a minimalist.
The less you consume the better. I’m talking not only about food, gadgets and different stuff but and about content that we consuming on a daily basis. Like content from social networks, TV series, meaningless talks. These and similar things suck our energy and time but don’t give anything really valuable in exchange.
One more important thought about consumerism is that we need to have a good proportion of what we consume and what we produce. The more we produce and the less we consume the better. It’s like in the world of business. If you invest not much in your business but spend too many resources on something that don’t improve it then it will die soon.
Give And Take
Once, I learned about the rule of giving when reading the book “Give and take”. Basically, if you want to take something you need to give something instead. Of course, I mean it in a good sense. This is not necessary to give out something physical. You can give out an advice or a portion of your knowledge if you’re good enough in something.
These two things about consuming, giving and taking are also related to your behavior as a minimalist. We shouldn’t take more than we need.
Being An Essentialist
I always struggle with a big picture of my life, but the outcome of it is to choose what is essential. I try to stick to it for a time needed for me to define if it’s my thing or not. Because, if you want to be a minimalist then you need to explore a variety of choices and only then make your choice. Sometimes it’s not easy and it requires to do extensive research first. But it works very well. So, at the end of the day, I cut on unnecessary things. In other words, I choose only one direction that I think is essential for me.
Actually, it's a big topic and I want to write about it separately. So, I'll move forward.
Having many possessions is evil for me. I can't take it all with me when my life will be ended. Life is temporary and things in it are temporary. I have some things to enjoy them or use them as tools for my purposes, but if they gathering dust and no longer brings me something in life then they suck my life energy and make me mentally heavy.
The only thing you actually possess in life is your present and what you do with it now impacts on your future.
This is inevitable. You can just agree or disagree with it. Anyhow, this sentence cured me once and I'm sure that it will help me in the future many times.
This article was written honestly about my thoughts on minimalism and my life experience in it. I hope it will inspire you on something good and change your life at least on a little bit for the better.
Thank you for reading,