I am walking outside to the rubbish bin for the third time today. It’s freezing outside, but I have to keep clearing the junk. I can start to see the light at the end of the tunnel and the floor to my bedroom again, hooray!
A few days later I get sucked into buying two more pairs of shoes. Do I really need them or was it the scarcity mindset kicking in to tell me that I may not be able to get the same look or price again, so I better buy them now.
I’m in the car off to buy some camera equipment. Tim, isn’t this the second camera you have brought in two months? It’s easy not to be happy with what you have brought when it comes to technology because there is always something better.
After a long days work, it’s time to relax. Now I’m on gumtree again, but I can’t bring myself to buy second-hand cameras. What if it breaks? Don’t I want something no one else has messed with?
That week I look at my office and wonder why I have three computers, two iPads and three phones. I am only one person and I can’t use all these devices at once. I make a commitment there and then to think before buying any more of these personal electronic devices.
While I can’t resist the temptation right now not to want a new phone, I can, at least, commit to selling my old one first before buying the new one. Too late, I have already got the new phone. Oh, how shiny it is!
Not a problem, I will sell my old phone on eBay when I get a chance. Two months have passed, and I still haven’t sold my iPhone. I will get to it one day.
That day arrives, I have holidays, and I now spend three hours taking photos of the old phone and posting a red hot description so I can get the maximum amount of money to use towards my next holiday.
Maybe it’s time for a new car. I mean my current one has only done 40,000 Km but its petrol. It would be cool to have a hybrid instead so that petrol would be much cheaper. Yes, it would cost a lot up front but think of all the long-term savings!
I’m at the fresh food market. There are people everywhere, and it’s 6 am on a Saturday morning. I have worked a long week, but I have to get up early so I can get lots of fresh food. You don’t want to get sick do you and then not be able to deliver on your vision?
I better get an extra bag of organic apples you just never know if they will have any leftover when I come back.
A few days later, the bag of organic apples has gone off. Better throw them out as they taste yuck when they are off. Next time I won’t buy as many.
It’s been a long week, time to relax and go to a friend’s house. When I get through the door, the floor is covered in shoes and other miscellaneous items. Better help clean up as just the thought of this mess is making me feel stressed. I can rest after all the mess is clear.
I’m back in my office. Time to write something I am feeling inspired about. Hold on, there are business shirts all over the floor. Better iron them and get them off the floor otherwise, I will have nothing to wear next week.
Once I am done, I will get back to my writing. You can’t write in a messy room can you?What you have just read are my own thoughts over a week told as self-talk to my brain. I may sound like a mad man, but these types are thoughts are perfectly normal in most of us. I should add that I am already fairly minimalistic in my ways so imagine how much crazier they would be for the majority who are not minimalist in their ways.
Three benefits of becoming more minimalist
1. More time to work on your vision
One of the points above was me attempting to sit down and write an article just like this one. While I had the motivation and the goal of writing an article that week, all the shirts on the floor distracted me from fulfilling my deepest desire.
It’s something so simple, but what if I got rid of some business shirts so that instead of having sixty, I just had five? Five shirts are more than enough to last me a full workweek and some of the most successful people in the world like Mark Zuckerberg already do something similar.
Many of us don’t consciously think about who we are trying to impress with a new outfit or clothing combination every day.
“People are so caught up in their own lives; they don’t even notice what you are wearing” – Tim Denning
Now we don’t all need to take this extreme approach and just have five shirts, but what if we had 50% fewer clothes than we currently had? I suspect we would have less to iron, plenty to wear and feel much better.
By having to go off and iron, the clutter of my material possessions got in the way of what I really wanted to do. Sometimes all we want to do is just sit down and write something or read a book. Adding some minimalist concepts to your life can really get you back on track and closer to your vision.
2. Less day to day stress
If you reread by self-talk again, you will notice that I sound a bit on edge. This is what not having enough minimalist qualities to your life can do. All of us to some degree want to come home to a clean house of some description before we start doing what it is that fulfils us.
Too many possessions can easily become a roadblock to that way of life. In can become a self-fulfilling pattern of never been happy with the hear and now. Our thoughts get anxious, and we always want tot think of the next best thing.
When we can be comfortable with what we have, and we don’t always need to go out and upgrade everything we already have – which already works fine – we can remove some of the daily stress we experience.
3. More money to compound further
The overarching theme to my self-talk was that I was constantly thinking about how to spend more money. For most, it’s money that we don’t have. This is where crazy credit card debts and lack of cash flow in our personal lives comes from.
By putting a minimalist touch to our life, we can have more money without having to go out and work more hours, or sell more goods and services in our business. The money that we save can then be put towards meaningful things like travel, or even money generating possessions like property or stock for our business that can help us create even more abundance.
The initial shift from your current ways to being slightly more minimalist doesn’t need to be much. Don’t try going straight to a life of two t-shirts, no car or TV, and a one-bedroom apartment; it won’t work. Instead, just try being more conscious of how much you are consuming and whether what you are buying is a necessity.
This small change in thinking will get you well on the road to a more minimalist life with much more money. Don’t forget to use some of these increased resources to give back and help others.
Are you already using some minimalist habits? I would love to know in the comments section below or on Twitter and Facebook.
Source: Addicted to Success
It might took a while for you to understand this but trust me your morning routine decides how your day will be.
You know, many of those reading this are those who tells their poor alarm to wake them up early in the morning and push the snooze button several times when that poor thing rings. Guess what, the first hours of your day would be frequently terrible. You will find yourself running against the time, always in a hurry. Why? Just because of the gap you have created between waking up and getting up.
You wouldn’t have a proper breakfast and showering wasn’t a pleasurable and relaxing moment as it should be. All this will be ruined by the gap that you have created. You know that you are late for your office, school or anything that relates to starting your day, but you cannot do anything except to cut short time that should have been given to each activity.
Believe me, your ninety percent of the problem will be solved once you will conquer the gap between waking up and getting up. This will give you the necessary time to prepare your body and mindset for the day, you will have enough time to plan out your day effectively.
Now I shall share with you the formula to start your day effectively.
1. Sleep for atleast 7 hours and Start Early.
If you want to sleep for a minimum of 7 hours and wake up early in the morning you will have to go to bed in a decent time. At initial stages you might have to force yourself to get up but in the end of the day you will be begging for your bed. This will soon be turned into a habit and you will be used to this routine in less than a week. Remember, You have to Conquer the Gap between Waking Up and Getting Up. Wake up with the first alarm, avoiding using the snooze button.
2. Take care of your body.
Breakfast: Now that you managed to conquer the gap between waking up and getting up, it’s time to have some proper breakfast.
Breakfast provides the body and brain with fuel after an overnight fast – That’s actually how the name originated, Breaking the fast. Researchers believe that breakfast may help to stabilise blood sugar levels, which regulate appetite and energy.
Exercise: If you are an intellectual and think that exercises won’t make any difference in your life, did you know that exercises have a fundamental role in learning? Physical exercises increase the number of neurons being born and surviving. So work your ass off and do at least 10-15 minutes of exercise. It can be 2-3 series of push-ups or abs. Anything and everything will work.
Drink Water: Drinking water every half an hour. As we saw before, water fires up your metabolism, hydrates you, helps your body flush out toxins and gives your brain fuel. So, we have enough reasons to drink a lot of water during the day.
3. Take care of your mind.
Your mind is the think tank, it will guide you through hundred decisions throughout the day, some more important and some less. So you need to prepare your mind for this should be a crucial step in your early hours of the day.
4. Plan your day.
Plan an effective day, not an efficient one. Efficient people are always busy. Try asking them what they have accomplished during their day, they don’t have much to tell.
Make this a routine to put your plans on a paper, your priority list. Start with 5-6 points. If you hesitate with any of them, thinking how it can be done or will you be able to achieve a particular task, cut it from the list. If you end up with just 1 priority you should probably review your goals.
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