Thursday, June 13, 2013

Minimalist Principle

I just finished tidying up my closet. And I feel so good now. About twice a month I always clean up my closet. Checking those clothes that I will no longer use and making the closet looks neat. Making things neat have always been my passion. My husband sometimes find it weird that I have to always organize stuff based on colors, size and so on. He finds it very funny, but I love doing it =) So, I found an article that it is good if we can omit the things we don't need in our life, even omitting the words we don't have to say can do good for us. I do believe that, sometimes we said those words we don't need to say that can lead to misinterpretations. The title of the article is "The Minimalist Principle: Omit Needless Things". I found it on Zen Habits. Below is the list we can do to minimize those aspects in life that we often do. 
  • Possessions: Look around you, at work and home. Is everything you own important? Can you get rid of things, and keep only the things that really matter? Edit vigorously, until you’ve whittled it down to the minimum for the life you want to lead. Read: A Guide to Creating a Minimalist Home.
  • Buying: It’s a waste of time to reduce your possessions if you just buy a bunch more. What’s important is being content with life, not stuff, and thereby reducing your needs. If you don’t use buying to fulfill your needs, you’ll only really buy what you need. Or maybe you’ll be able to go without money.
  • Eating: How much do you really need to eat? Do you need the big plate of chili cheese fries? The fully loaded nachos? All those slices of cakes? All those cream-filled sugary coffees? Often the answer is no. Omit needless food, and make everything you eat count — by making your food nutrient-dense, fiber-dense, healthy and filling.
  • Doing: Do less. Make everything you do count. Look at your to-do list and see what’s really important. In fact, examine your work life in general and see whether you’re really making every day count. Omit needless activity.
  • Goals: Do we really need 101 goals? Can we do with just a few, or even one? By focusing on less, you can really pour yourself into it.
  • What you produce: If you produce something, whether it’s writing or music or software or clothing, see if you can simplify and keep it more focused. If you create a website, can you give it one single purpose, with one call to action? Can you do that with your writing or music? Figure out what that purpose is, and edit ruthlessly so that everything that remains counts.
  • The rest of life: In anything you do, see if you can apply these principles. There’s no need to get obsessive about it, of course, but it’s always useful to examine what we do, how we do it, and whether we really need to do it.

(article via zenhabits - image via weheartit)