With all the distractions in the modern world, temptation, and complications of daily life and due to many other factors, we’re spending more money than we have to and waste time doing unnecessary things.
1. Note how you spend your money and time
Minimalism is about eliminating the unimportant so that you can be left with what’s essential in life and enjoy it to the fullest. When talking about time and money, you first need to know how you’re spending these resources exactly.
Most often, people aren’t aware of how much they spend or how many hours they waste on a daily basis. That leads to chaos and never having enough of anything.
To change that, start tracking what has to be changed. In the case of your money, have a budget and stick to it, but first know where your money is going.
2. Remove the unnecessary
Once you have enough data (from at least 3 days), you can make conclusions, compare and take decisions based on this information.
For instance, if you notice you spend a few dollars on lattes every day, the number in your weekly and monthly review will be much more significant. Cutting that expense together with a few others can make a big difference in your budget.
3. Seek the real value
A minimalist approach allows us to appreciate everything we have and do and all that we are. It gives us meaning as we pay attention to what matters and aren’t distracted by anything other than that, at least not at this same moment.
Letting go of unnecessary things, toxic or simply uninspiring and not trustful people, negative thoughts can help you to get rid of the burden and get a fresh attitude towards your life. Once you eliminate the unnecessary, you can fully focus on the rest, attract right people and thoughts.
You should do the same about your time and money. Once your space is clean and well organized you will more likely to have better ideas and motivation to work. You will spend less time on taking care of your possessions and stop investing money in repairing them, cleaning or simply thinking about them.
4. Use conscientiously
Old habits can come back pretty easily, so never stop tracking what you do daily and what you spend money on.
Don’t let a day go by without asking yourself ‘What’s the best way to spend the next hour of my day?’, ‘Do I really need this item or is it just a whim?’
Less leads to more but only if you truly experience the benefits of removing things, habits and activities you don’t really need and see how much more freedom you now have. Also, don’t forget to be mindful of anything you spend time or money on. When you actually work on a project or decide what to buy or invest in, make sure you enjoy it.
Such is the secret path to reducing your stress and worries and not just saving time and money but having more of these. Good luck on your journey to choosing minimalism.