About this time last year, I adopted minimalism. My journey was reasonably well documented on here. If you missed it, I donated nine bags of my belongings to charity and lost clothing, decor, sheets, books, you name it. As a result there was less anxiety, stress, cleaning etc. Netflix’s recent documentary ‘Minimalism’ has become popular in the last month and I’m really glad. It’s a much more sustainable solution for the environment and genuinely a good start to better health. Today, however, I wanted to talk about minimalism and productivity.
The biggest reason people have for not starting minimalism is that they are attached to their belongings. It’s strange to think but very true that, because society tells us we need items to consolidate our identity, we feel like we’re losing it when we lose our belongings. I found that the opposite was true. When you consume carefully, you make more honest decisions.
Some of the things we consume are free: television, social media, you name it and these things are just as bad for us. I shouldn’t feel so much obligation to a phone nor feel anxious to act when it pings. Fortunately, I have friends that never take this opinion of mine personally.
With less stuff and less distraction, I have been more productive than ever. If I don’t consume media, I have more time. When I don’t consume products, I save money for better thing like experiences.
More time also means more production. When you’re consuming less, you come to realise that it’s what you create that makes you and then you’ll create more. You’ve just got to find your formula. I work 9-5, blog 6-7, do freelance work until midnight and write whenever else I can. I always look for ways to spend more time. I spend my weekends trying to make the most of my time and create more.
One of the biggest regrets of the elderly is that they spent too much time doing things they didn’t want to do and not enough time doing the things they always said they’ll do. Yet, we continue to waste time like it doesn’t have a limit. I think it’s really important to work and I think it’s really time-consuming but I’ve definitely become a more rounded person for checking how much time is left over and what I actually want to spend it on.
Basically, what I’m trying to say is, get rid of the things that clutter your room, drop the material baggage, donate it, whatever. Spend less time consuming and more time creating. Karl Marx said that it’s a natural human trait to find joy and worth in creating things and, though they’ll tell you other things are more important, know that they’re not always right, find something that you love and do lots of it.