Has scaling back helped you be more productive?
by Kacey Mya Bradley(theutopianlife.com) – We’ve all heard about the benefits associated with scaling down our possessions and simplifying our lives. Everything from your finances, to organization skills, aesthetics, psychological clarity and the environment can benefit from a minimalist approach.
But what does a simplified life look like in practice?
When you’ve committed to paring down your belongings and de-cluttering your living space, the things that you do choose to keep take on greater importance. Here are five minimalist habits to bring more order and efficiency into your life:
1. Dress with Less
In a world filled with choices, the need to make lots of small repetitive decisions day after day is a drain of your energy.
You can avoid stress and decision-fatigue by automating your daily processes as much as possible. Particularly with deciding what to wear. Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg and President Obama are known for their very limited wardrobes, which reportedly helps them save brain power and maintain focus on the important things.
Minimizing your wardrobe will make for a more efficient lifestyle. Try this challenge of living with 33 items of clothing for 3 months.
2. Plan and Repeat Your Meals
Food is a great domain for enjoying abundance and variety. But constant attempts at creativity can be a drain on your time, energy, and resources. To solve this problem, many minimalists commit to a simple and repetitive meal plan, which automates the shopping process and removes a lot of routine decision-making from the day.
Deciding what to eat can be deceptively exhausting, especially if you’re dieting. By creating a meal plan, you’re limiting alternatives and options. Your mind can relax. Plan ahead of time your meals for either breakfast, lunch, or dinner; or all three. Stick to it during the week, or for your particularly busy days. And save your more ambitious or spontaneous cooking projects for the weekend!
3. Rethink Your Space
Walking into a room in your home, and being overwhelmed by the clutter is not a good sign. Every room in your house should serve a purpose, and no, a junk-room doesn’t count as ‘a purpose.’
Creating more space is not the solution; Americans are building bigger homes than ever before. When you have too much space, human tendency wants to fill it, and usually, we don’t fill it with things we actually need.
To become a minimalist at home, begin “The Great Purge.” Gather boxes and trash bags and go through one room at a…
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