Minimalism, I’m sure you have come across this term in various occasions. It is not a new movement in visual arts, music (and many other areas), but recently this movement gained wider attention as a lifestyle. Minimalism is all about simplifying things to the most important parts. It can be a process, a product or at the core an art.
Over the past few months I have been reading and watching more content around this topic, slowly mapping out to various aspects of my life. Starting with making my schedule less busy, my apartment less busy, and so on. The main benefit of Minimalism in my personal view was allowing more focus. When you have less distractions, you will naturally have a higher quality output.
I teach product design and prototyping, lean startups need to have Minimalism implemented across their work. Simplify processes, customer journeys and sprints backlogs. When you design a product, it means less steps for the user to get to their desired output. Even coding to me is an art, an art of writing a clean code that others can read and use :)
Habits take time to form, and it’s not the motivation that is missing in most cases but the lifestyle design. For any new habit to form you’ll need to reduce the friction needed between you and that habit. If you could have a slow improvement (as the graph shows) then the compound would make it significant over time. The same applies for bad habits. An interesting read would be “Atomic Habits” by James Clear which I might write about more in other posts.
As an individual, you can start today by taking a look at your closet, your computer, the items you have on your desk and slowly take items off your sight. I once read that ideally if you could fit all your life in one small travel bag the you got it all right, but you can trust that’s an extreme case, don’t go that far.