Minimalism isn’t just for revolutionary thinkers like Mahatma Gandhi. Minimalism is for everyone. It surrounds a particular goal of simplicity and self-sufficiency that anyone can take on, even you. All you need to do is that take that first step. Today is the day to become a minimalist. Incorporate these seven simple steps into your daily routine and you’ll start on your journey towards your particular interpretation of minimalism.
1. Do Your Research
In the technological age, we are drowning in information every day. We have encyclopedias in the palms of our hands and are able to figure out anything with just a simple internet search. Now is the perfect time to dive into the history of minimalism and learn as much about it as you can. Visit your local library and search the topic of “minimalism” to see what you can absorb.
If you’re looking for a couple books to start with: The Joy of Less by Francine Joy and The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo are great places to start. Also, reading first-hand accounts, such as blogs, vlogs, etc., can be very beneficial as an introduction to a minimalist lifestyle. These accounts are from people just like you who are often going through the same things that you may go through in the future. They are the ladders that’ll make it easier to climb the roadblocks that might appear during your journey.
2. Make a Priority List
In creating this list, you have to be truly honest with yourself and what’s important to you. Organizing your busy life into a concise list is a great way to clear your head and give yourself a strong foundation to grow. Include things like family, friends, finance, work, leisure, and whatever else makes a strong impact on your life. Don’t feel bad for placing one thing above another. It’s your list, and you don’t have to apologize for it.
After you create the list, look at the things on the bottom. Write out the physical things that correlate with those factors at the bottom and introduce the idea in your mind of letting those physical things go. It might be easier to start from the bottom since you don’t have as much of an emotional attachment as you do to things at the top.
3. Set Goals
This is where your particular vision for minimalism begins to manifest. Set short and long-term goals of how you’d like to see your minimalism grow with time. No goal is too small. If you see it as an achievement, write it down. For example, a short-term goal would be digitizing and getting rid of your old magazine collection. A long-term goal would be not buying new magazines.
If needed, add incentives. It’s human nature to enjoy a reward every once in a while. Whether it’s a new book or ordering in some Chinese takeout, bring in what makes you happy in order to make those long-term goals that much sweeter.
4.Take Control of Your Time
A part of minimalism that not many people know is being aware of the way that you use your time. It’s the most precious currency in the world, and you should be spending it in ways that benefit you. Look at how you spend a particular day, and more specifically how you spend your free time. If it’s filled with mindless activities that aren’t truly fulfilling you, then it might be time for a change. If you’re spending time with people that are draining your positive energy and not giving it back, then it might be time for a change.
Also, take a look at other aspects of your life like your career. If it’s truly not fulfilling you, then this can be the beginning of possibly changing that situation and introducing something new. Minimalism isn’t a race to see who can change the fastest. It’s being aware of your life and what you do, so you can become happier as you get rid of what’s not necessary. Being aware is the first step, and it’s a very important step.
5. Start Small
Rome wasn’t built in a day and you can’t reach your long-term goals overnight. That’s why they’re called “long-term.” So, start small. Focus on what you can do now instead of worrying about things that you can’t change.
If you wish to get rid of your excess things, pick a corner of your home and start there. If you’re trying to incorporate a more minimalist fashion sense, start putting together a bag of clothes to donate. Be in the now and just begin where you can. Don’t overthink it. As you begin to chip away at these short-term goals, you’ll be on top of the mountain before you know it.
6. Be Honest With Yourself
This aspect is so important that it should be repeated time and time again. If you’re honest with yourself from the start, then it will save you frustration and anger in the future. Be honest about your goals. Be honest about your time. Be honest about the current state of your life, and the potential for the future. Curate your own view of minimalism through what you have learned, and create a life that you’ll be excited to wake up to.
Breathe in, and breathe out. Becoming a minimalist is designed to relieve you of stress, not bring stress to you. If you’re stressing, then you truly need to eliminate those stressors and be the best that you can be at that moment. If you’re not where you want to be, that’s perfectly fine. Everybody’s journey is different. All that truly matters is that you progress.
Being a true minimalist is about getting rid of life’s clutter. Whether it be in your relationships, material things, or just throughout your time clutter is unnecessary. But, there is no one way to be a minimalist. You are the only one that can plan out your minimalist life. And also, you are the only one that can choose when and how you’ll begin that journey. Just keep walking and one day you’ll reach the finish line. But, today is the day to take that first step.
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