Recently, the Japanese Art of De-cluttering and Organizing, brought minimalism to the mainstream. Although it is not a new concept, the minimalist lifestyle is trending across the United States.
The appeal of minimalism comes from this idea that your life can be simplified, streamlined, and reduced, without sacrificing quality.
A minimalist lifestyle begins with getting really comfortable with the idea that more does not equal better. In fact, have you heard of less is more?
The pioneer architect Ludwig Meis van der Rohe probably never knew that when he said, “Less is more”, he would be influencing a lot of brilliant minds that lived after him. These three words sum up what minimalism is – concise and straight to the point.
Too many priorities means no priorities
A way to create a more efficient schedule is to de-clutter. We can only do so much. We have unlimited options, but limited resources. Clutter is the stuff that interferes with the life we want to live. It slows us down from doing the things we value most. It’s that unnecessary stuff that we entertain, but doesn’t help us get where we want to go. And it needs to be removed.
It’s crucial to determine what’s the most important thing to get your priorities straight. There are many reasons why writing MITs down the night before is a good idea. For a start, it’s a great time to assess what you have achieved in the previous 24 hours, so you know what you want to achieve in the next 24 hours. Writing your tasks down the night before help you wake up the next morning being prepared, which means you are less likely to procrastinate and more motivated to start on your task list.
When everything is well organized, it means less time looking for things. There is no one way to organize, but whatever system you choose must make sense to you. Remember the goal of organization is to find things without wasting time. The most important part of organization is to make it a habit. For example, sort emails as you receive it. Delete unwanted or unnecessary files. Organize in the morning before starting the day, or at the end of the day, to plan for tomorrow. Daily organization can take as little as five minutes and still be effective.