from the very beginning, we have been keeping a journal about our journey to become minimalist. and the process has been incredibly helpful. specifically, here is how journaling has helped us minimalize:
- journaling serves as a permament record. success can be quickly forgotten. it can become too easy to look around our home on messy days and feel like we have not accomplished anything despite all the effort and energy that we have put in. during those times, it is helpful to look back and be reminded of our past successes. the photos are even more helpful than the written word… i wish i had more.
- journaling requires us to think through the why’s and the how’s. when you sit down behind a blank computer screen and begin to write out what you accomplished that day, you are forced to think through your process at a deeper level. the writing process causes you to answer the questions of “why did i get rid of that?” “why did i keep it in the first place?” and “what thought process did i employ?” the answers to those questions are not just hepful as you move forward (to repeat successes and avoid mistakes), they can be therapeutic as well.
- journaling shows how we solved problems in the past. and those solutions are valuable in the present and the future.
- journaling inspires us. the very thought of a blank screen awaiting me in the evening has, at times, forced me to accomplish something. sometimes, just anything – no matter how small. just so that i would have something to record that evening.
- journaling reminds me to think beyond the obvious. always looking for “material to journal” has caused me to see the value of simplicity and minimalism in areas that i would not normally have seen it. whether it be an article in the paper, an advertisement on television, or a conversation with a friend, the value of simplicity is all around us… and the more i look for it, the more i notice it.
- journaling has helped our story to inspire others. i suppose that’s what happens when you make your journal public.