I am here to talk about the minimalist lifestyle again. I metioned this lifestyle in many of my blogs, My Experience in Spending Money Wisely is more about consumerism. Confronting the Inundation of Our Time With a Simple Lifestyle talks about I feel I can control my time better. During these months working from home, there is nothing we can do except doing the house cleaning. Because of the limitation of my daily activities, it offers me more brain energy to think about how to make life more efficient, which has a similar approach to another blog of my The Fact of Life: Basic vs Advanced Life, Many People Get the Order Wrong.
I started to use a single notebook to write down all the tasks I need to do for my job, for my life. For my life is a broad topic, there are so many parts of the life. For example, the blog ideas, the video ideas, the tax forms number, my shopping list, my brainstorming history, and my sensitive moments. I was using three notebooks for each topic before, one for the job, one for life, one for inspiration. I thought I separate each topic would help me categorize the ideas and improve my efficiency. But the fact is negative, they only made my brain messier. ”How to categorize each task“ is all the ideas that came out from my brain, instead of how I finish them. I found I could not separate my life and my job, and my life and my inspirations, and I was too lazy to make the categories. I was using more than one notebook, and when I suddenly came up with the ideas I used random A4 paper because I do not know which notebook I should write it in, and then I threw the paper away. I think I should write all of them in one single notebook and preserve them, so in the future when I look back I can get inspiration. It is also good to make some records because I can not remember all the things. So I started to write all these ideas in one notebook, instead of three. This helps me a lot and I have seen my life more efficient and I became happier to finish each task. It’s my true feeling of “Less is More“.
Less is More is came out from the Architect master Ludwig Mies van der Rohe to open up the Modern Architecture/Minimalist Design Era. It is interesting how this has become a lifestyle phrase and I am not sure all the people who know this phrase know its history.
Warren Buffett has a famous time-management rule, which has been dubbed as the “25/5 Rule”:
· Write down a list of your top 25 career goals.
· Circle the five most important goals that truly speak to you. These are your most urgent goals and highest priorities to focus on.
· Cross off the other 20 goals you have listed that hold less importance.
Some people would try to finish all their life goals and think the 5 would be important than the other 20. They will have a lot of plans but implement the few. The more important should be how we learn to make appropriate choices. Because by prioritizing what is not important, we will be able to focus and spend our time on what is most important.
The minimalist life to me is more about finding the things that really fit me, can join my lifestyle, like I choose to have one notebook now. We do not need to have everything. Also, the simple life does not force me to not buying, it is helping my life to live better. Enjoy the blue sky instead of always looking at the phone. Enjoy the time sitting alone instead of being at a party doing nothing. The more we let them go, the easier we will be happier. I believe the minimalist life is more than a way of living, it can also be a pearl of great wisdom.
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