What is Minimalism?

Written by Max
, tagged as #freelance

This article is not about design. But about the way of living life. Well, you can name it a minimalistic lifestyle design. In my opinion, it covers all 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 are worth investing 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 in a period of 2 weeks or even months. Not much. 

I decided not to drink even a drop of alcohol for a long period of time. Of course, people around me don't understand this since it's a commonly known and socially acceptable social lubricant. But that's my choice.

From Wednesday last week, I decided to cut on refined sugar. I tried this before...

It's tough to remove sugar from your diet. Especially if you have a sweet tooth and think it helps you do your work or perform better in general.

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 your energy and focus. You can achieve more by eating more healthily. It makes you think clearly and gives you more energy.

Consumerism

I don't read physical books. All books that I have been on my iPad, iCloud, or PDF, then 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 a 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 moved to another country half a year ago. I was with only one bag and backpack. I decided to leave it with the same amount of stuff.

If I buy some clothes, I want to think about removing something that I no longer need. Meaning, if I buy a shirt, I should give away one of my old shirts.

Consumerism is a bad thing, in my opinion. Some time ago, people were busy with religion, later with politics, and nowadays consuming products and information. This is the opposite of being a minimalist.

The less you consume, the better. I'm talking not only about food, gadgets, and different stuff but also content that we consume daily.

Like content from social networks, TV series, meaningless talks. These and similar things suck our energy and time but don't give anything precious in exchange.

One more important thought about consumerism is that we need to have the right 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 doesn't improve it, your business has fewer chances for survival.

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 in return or do it in the opposite direction.

It is not necessary to give out something physical. You can give advice or a portion of your knowledge if it's applicable in your situation.

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

From time to time, I struggle with a big picture of my life, figuring out the essential part to focus on.

I try to stick to it for the time being to define whether it's my thing or not. Because if you want to be a minimalist, you need to explore a variety of choices and only then make your choices.

Sometimes it's not easy, and it requires you to conduct extensive research. But it works very well.

I try to 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.

Possessions

Having many possessions is bad, in my opinion. I can't take it all with me if I travel somewhere, especially for a long period of time. 

Even if you have possessions that you fully own, it doesn't mean you will own them forever. Most things are temporary, and as a rule, you can do little to change that.

I have some stuff that I enjoy using as tools for my work and hobbies, but if it starts collecting the dust and no longer helo me with something in my life, it impacts my energy levels and the speed of decision making.

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 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 a little bit for the better.

Thank you for reading,

Max