What do the following have in common:
- getting rid of, or not buying stuff
- simplifying your schedule
- downsizing your needs
- reducing commitments
Answer: they are all ways of getting rid of distractions.
The point of minimalism isn’t to have a tidy house. The point is to find freedom and focus to do things that matter.
What matters to you? Here are some clues — they are the kinds of things that you used to dream about, that make you laugh, that you would jump out of bed for, that you’ll think about in five years time with a smile on your face, and that people will be proud to know you for doing.
These are the things that matter, and when it comes to them distraction is the enemy. Too many things in life take our time, energy and resources away from doing things that are worthwhile.
Think about it, what percentage of your time each day are you spending on meaningless tasks? 20%? 50%? 80%? Most people go through their lives without stopping to think about what they’re doing (or not doing) and then making changes so that they’re not wasting their precious days doing pointless things.
Minimalism is the practice of taking away distractions, so you’re left with room to breathe, to focus, to do.
Remember, most things worth doing are hard, and hard things need your whole heart in it to do right. You can’t do things properly if you’re always worrying about work, or if you’re checking your phone every hour.
Nobody said it would be easy, but it’s all worth it in the end because when you do things that matter, with everything you have, well, that’s what happiness is made of.