Essentialist Living For A Better Life
Essentialism is not to be confused with minimalism. Rather than removing the luxuries of life, essentialism removes the unnecessary elements in life. While it is like minimalism, essentialism can be a much easier practice to transition into intentional living. This applies not only to material possessions. Rather than just try to limit the number of physical things owned, looking at simplifying processes can be an aid to rescue the mind from clutter.
Mental clutter manifest as an echoing noise that only becomes louder as times goes on. A complicated workflow anywhere can add to this. If every single process to take you from one point to another has non-essential steps, then you will undoubtedly be exhausted from the never-ending list of things to do. The problem is not only doing unnecessary things but also not being able to recognise it. As creatures of habit, we do things we have always been doing because that’s what we have been doing for most of our lives. While it may not give you a headache now or impact you directly, these little things build up.
One way to realize your actions is to list out your routine from start to finish. Do not spare any details’ even if you think it’s too simple to acknowledge. Thinking like that got you into a position where you are overwhelmed by what you are doing. This definitely gets you a long list that should end with what are the usual end results. After you are done with that, ask yourself if each process yields what you want it to yield.
Unlike minimalism, you shouldn’t be concerned about removing as many steps as possible: you should be concerned with making things as efficient as possible. You might need to remove a step or reduce its complexity. Sometimes, you might need to add a step to improve productivity. If it receives stress and gets things done, then it is an aid. Undoubtedly, you will find some things that need to be removed, but that shouldn’t be your only concern.
The lists you make and the proposed changes aren’t set in stone. Instead of trying to make one big leap, look at implementing your new plan stage by stage. Change your daily process and see how that works. Eventually, you will work your way through the whole list and make any needed changes. The goal of this is not to radically change the way you do things, but to improve the way you move forward. This applies to your personal routines and your workflows. To be efficient at work, whether you have a job or your own business, you need to cut the things that do not contribute to your productivity.
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