What is Minimalism and How Can It Help You Find Time?

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Your time choices are key.

What is minimalism and why is it something you might want to think about exploring?

Well, our 21st-century world is often hectic and harried.

Getting more, spending more, having more, doing more, connecting more — it all eats up time, energy, attention, and money. 

And when you come to the end of another day cluttered with “stuff” how do you feel?  Full?  Empty?  Someplace in-between?

Minimalism and letting go.

Minimalism is often defined in terms of a negative. The focus is on “What I do not have.”  And topping the list of non-possessions are things that don’t serve a useful function. But how do you define useful? The process of choosing is key, and it offers a clear and evolving reflection of your values.

So, taking a step back, I am especially intrigued by the question of what is left after one has made a choice that could be considered minimalist. 

  • What is the goal of your choice? 
  • What lies behind it? 
  • Making your choice leaves you, not just with what you don’t have but with something new that you have. What is that new thing that your choice has given you?

So, considering all this, I thought it would be interesting to look at minimalism from the perspective of time.  What happens when I apply concepts of minimalism to my time choices?

Minimalism and time boundaries.

Rather than approaching minimalism from the vantage point of scarcity or deprivation, I like to think of it as being about creating time boundaries. Then, within those boundaries, creating the time you need for whatever you choose. 

Time is, by definition, finite.  There are 24 hours, no more and no less, within each day.  Taking in this fact is half the battle, when it comes to time management. 

After that, it’s a matter of deciding what to say No to. That, in turn, enables you to say a meaningful Yes to something else.  So, in thinking about minimalism and my time, while it’s important to be able to say No, the actual focus is on my Yes.  In saying No I am making time for something.

Focus on what’s functional.

This is a useful way to approach minimalism, when it comes to time or to “stuff.”  My only caution here would be to make sure that your self-critical or self-sabotaging voices don’t step in and try to “help” you decide what is functional. 

Remember that things like self-care and plain old fun can be very helpful.  This is about YOU and what helps you to be at your peak.  It can be tricky to get clear about that, but you can do it. 

Listen to your heart and learn.

It’s many small decisions…

Your individual relationship with time (and with yourself, by extension) is defined by you. And usually, it’s not some overarching credo or set of beliefs that shapes that relationship. No, it’s the everyday choices that you make as you negotiate the details of your life. 

And as with so many things, it’s a process. From the time you wake up to the time you go to bed, you are intimately engaged with this process. So, bottom line? Your choices are key.

After all, the way you use your time is the way you live your life!

Want some help?

Time is pure potential. You decide how to use it; and once you do, it’s gone.  That’s why it’s so important to build on your best time choices.  If you feel like your time slips through your fingers, then you’ll want to claim your copy of my complimentary “Daily Choices Template:  Proven Strategies for Tracking Your Best Time Choices Today, Tomorrow & All Year!” There’s no time like the present – to start moving toward the future you envision for yourself.

Let’s explore time together…

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