Minimalism taxes the mind.
It’s easier to say yes. Yes to more stuff. Yes to extra projects when you don’t have the bandwidth. Yes to more books even though I have five on loan from the library. I returned two today. I finished one., but I never made it past Chapter 2 on the second one.
The hard work is saying yes to no.
No, I won’t borrow more library books. Not until I finish the ones on loan or decide to return them. No more new productivity books or apps. Not when I have Getting Things Done, Trello, and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People within arm’s reach.
I made a commitment. I chose “Less is More” as my mantra. It won’t be easy. The temptation is everywhere. All day long society
You have to assert control. It’s a habit like anything else. And that means it will take work to retrain my brain.
- Step 1: Take a step back when confronted with the opportunity for new stuff.
- Step 2: Weigh the benefits and decide if this is something I want or need.
- Step 3: Say no more than you say yes.
- Step 4: Look around at what you no longer need and say yes to letting go.