Minimalism is the intentional promotion of the things we most value and the removal of anything that distracts us from it. It requires a conscious decision because it is a countercultural lifestyle that stands against the culture of overconsumption that surrounds us.
The world we live in is not friendly to the pursuit of minimalism. Its tendencies and relentless advertising campaigns call us to acquire more, better, faster, and newer. The journey of finding simplicity requires consistent inspiration.
For that reason, I hope you will make an effort this weekend to find a quiet moment with a cup of coffee or tea and enjoy some of these hand-picked articles to encourage more simplicity in your life.
Which of These 6 Time Traps is Eating Up All Your Time? | TED by Ashley Whillans. In 2012, about 50 percent of working Americans reported they were “always rushed,” and 70 percent “never” had enough time. In 2015, more than 80 percent said they didn’t have the time they needed.
Swiss Minimalist Millionaire Owns Only 55 Things | The Florida Star by Lisa-Maria Goertz. “I use financial profits to bring more ideas to life.”
Falling in Love With Minimalism All Over Again | No Sidebar by Nikki Cox. Our home is no longer full of unnecessary stuff. It’s full of incredible people and it’s wonderful.
Minimalist Tips to Maximize the Holidays | AP by Melissa Lambarena. You can use minimalist tips to keep your own financial goals on track, and still have a meaningful holiday season.
Start Decluttering With The Easiest Step | Joshua Becker on YouTube
Ruth Balaity says
I gave away or sold what wouldn’t fit in my 99 Elantra in 2015 and thanks to some great old friends was able to spend the fall in SE North Carolina mountains thinking about my next move. PS: I still have PJ’s that I know were gifts 15 years ago!!
I can beat the Swiss minimalist. My t shirts last for years, not a few months.
Another great post Joshua
gary fagg says
i have one radical suggestion for minimization. lose capital letters. you have periods. comma. semi-colons. and now so much is on screens. you got color. an array of fonts to use. italics. bold. for instance i use GOD in writing as god with bold and in a color…except in Comment boxes like this one that present few font options.
joshua becker says
Not using capital letters makes text hard to read.
Just wanted to quickly say thanks for your work. I’ve been following you for years and have read your books. Every other weekend I look forward to these minimalist reads. They keep me focused and motivated to continue working toward a more streamlined life. I so appreciate what you do!
joshua becker says
Thank you for the encouraging words. I appreciate them very much.