#10 - Do not adhere to preconceived rules. Don't worry too much about the so-called "rules" of minimalism. The important thing is to keep in mind and apply the main principle: less excess and more essentials. Each person's essentials is different from another.
# 9 - Find your own path in the vast minimalism spectrum. Minimalism is a broad spectrum. It has many different levels, ranging from mild to extreme. Minimalism is a journey, and as you begin simplifying your life you will discover your own essentials. You just have to begin. Eventually, the things that matter most to you will naturally rise up to the top. Don't compare your style of minimalism with other people. Again, the important thing is to stick to the main principle: less excess, more essentials.
# 8 - Apply minimalist principles gradually. Minimalist living involves changing old habits and starting new ones. Begin slowly and don't hurry. By starting slowly, you will be able to sustain the lifestyle that you are trying to create.
# 7 - Learn to let go to have more time. Time is our most valuable resource. It is finite and we can't have more of it. It is important that we know how to make the most of it. Letting go of non-essentials is the best way to maximize time.
# 6 - Do less to do better. Multitasking is the number one enemy of quality. If you want to become more productive, or to produce excellent work, products, or services, or to become excellent in general, then you have to pare down your activities, prioritize, and do things one at a time.
# 5 - Less stuff equals more freedom. Stuff weighs us down more than we realize. If we only knew the freedom that comes from having less stuff, then people will not be so enthusiastic in accumulating material things.
# 4 - Live in the moment. Much of the stress, anxiety, worries, and frustrations of people happen because they dwell too much on the past and they think too much of the future. Living in the moment, focusing on the here and now, is the answer to these self-made stresses.
# 3 - Establish priorities to be able to say no. Saying no means that you are putting value on your priorities. If you don't have an established list of priorities, then you will say yes to all requests and you will end up not accomplishing anything. However, it doesn't mean that you will always reject any request for help. The key is to properly discern the right time and situation to say yes or no.
# 2 - Live with contentment. Be content with what you have, but never be satisfied by what you can become. Contentment should only be tied up with our material possessions, and not with our character. Living a minimalist life focuses on developing character and not on accumulating stuff.
# 1 - Simplify to discover purpose, focus, and leave a lasting impact. Minimalism is a tool that allows us to eliminate all the unnecessary things in our lives so we can focus on our essentials. Simplifying life gives us more freedom to live a meaningful life, one that is according to our purpose and calling. In the end, this will lead to a more powerful life, one that is able to leave a lasting impact on everyone it touches.
I hope that these tips will be able to help you a lot in starting your minimalist journey!
Here are more articles on minimalism:
- A Simple White Rabbit Guide to Inner Simplicity
- How Minimalism Can Help You Live Your Life Purpose
- My 25-Item Wardrobe
- My Minimalist Library
- We Are Not Defined by Our Stuff