The movement of minimalism keeps growing in popularity. More and more people choose the power of less. Consequently, they experience the inevitable results of minimalism which help you transform your life for better.
Whereas various people see minimalism differently, some go for hardcore version while the others prefer the light option, there are certain habits which all of them have in common.
1. They abandon unnecessary commitments.
Minimalists realize the abundance of promises and responsibilities leads to burning out and purposelessly wandering from task to task. To make more place for meaningful activities, they opt out of the world dictated by unwanted commitments. In consequence, they create more space for their passions and dreams.
2. They know best how to say no.
The power of no is underrated by the typical folks who keep saying yes to things life throws at them. They say yes to stuff that suddenly pops ups. Therefore, they automatically say no to things that matter the most, putting them off for later.
The minimalists realize there are plenty of things you don’t need to say yes to.
3. They declutter their surroundings to fight distractions.
In order to achieve Zen-like focus and efficiency, they remove useless clutter and garbage which prevent clarity. Oppose to misconceptions, you don’t need most of your possessions though you think you would miss them after decluttering.
The fact is, most of the stuff serves no real value and only gathers dust. Furthermore, the overabundance of possessions interrupts you constantly and requires more time to organize, rearrange, clean and store.
The easiest way to organize your stuff is to get rid of most of it.
— JoshuaFieldsMillburn (@JFM) June 17, 2014
4. They prefer quality over quantity.
Instead of following every special occasion to buy unnecessary products, minimalists quit the buying mode. Whatever they purchase has to provide value other than giving a quick boost of happiness and making more space in your wallet.
In his post, Joshua Becker gets straight to the point showing the unexpected result of owning fewer items.
5. They attach no value to possessions.
Resultantly, they can relocate and travel with ease. Whereas many people devote too much attention to their goods, the minimalists don’t let any inanimate objects make them stuck. Removing or replacing something isn’t a big deal which simply leads to a less stressful life.
6. They question their financial actions.
It’s tough to find a minimalist lost in debt unless it’s a person who just started. The reason for that is the habit of questioning your spendings which, sooner or later, every essentialist develops.
This healthy habit results in more funds for experiences, fewer financial commitments and less stress caused by money-related struggles.
7. They realize time is a priceless resource.
In fact, time isn’t money, it’s much more precious. Whereas money can always be made up, time is gone forever. A moment wasted is a moment you’ll never get back. That’s why minimalists highly value experiences and devote themselves to meaningful activities, sometimes at the expense of earning less.
8. They look for internal sources of happiness.
Having fancy gadgets, expensive car or big house can definitely boost your happiness. However, if that’s the only source of it, you’ll have a hard time being content. From personal experiences, I can say that basing your happiness on possessions is temporary and requires endless stimulants.
You buy more and more to make up the gap caused by the lack of true contentment which comes from self-realization, personal growth, and contribution.
9. They highly value experiences.
This again leads to less financial drama. To be clear, experiencing the world definitely requires money, however, it’s far less likely that you’ll regret investing in experiences in lieu of possessions. They create real memories and offer great life lessons.
Gift experiences, not stuff is an idea from TheMinimalists which emphasize why experiences beat material gifts in almost any case.