The minimalist lifestyle is growing increasingly popular and for good reason. This movement encourages you to live more by owning less.
It is becoming more widespread among people who want to live life to the fullest and stop wasting their time on things that hold no eternal value.
Some are confused by the minimalist lifestyle, mistaking it for ditching everything you own in exchange for living in a tiny home or a camper.
While this is the path some people take, anyone can find a way to incorporate the principles of the minimalist lifestyle.
Living as a minimalist can reduce stress, increase productivity, and improve your overall quality of life.
To be a true minimalist, however, you have to change the mindset you’ve likely held for your entire life – that your value is found in what you own.
For minimalists, the opposite is true. They find their value in experiences over things and relationships over stuff.
The minimalist lifestyle requires that you become more intentional in everything that you do.
Seven minimalist lifestyle hacks that will increase productivity
This community is all about finding purpose and getting things done.
Today, I’m going to show you which principles of the minimalist lifestyle you can adopt to increase your productivity.
As an added bonus, you will likely find that you begin to live more intentionally as a result.
Let’s dive in!
1 // Clear the clutter
Decluttering is the first and most obvious thing you probably think of when you hear the word minimalism.
One of the key goals of living a minimalist lifestyle is to clear out the excess.
The idea of living with less translates to less time cleaning and organizing your stuff. Studies have shown that clutter makes people feel stressed out.
You know that feeling when you’re ready to sit down and tackle a big project, but you can’t focus because you’re surrounded by a mess?
That’s what this minimalist principle seeks to eliminate. Clear out your space to clear out distractions.
Keep the clutter at bay and allow yourself to focus on the things that truly matter. In turn, this will make you more efficient and more effective.
2 // Be intentional with your time
Minimalists are hyper-focused on living a life filled with purpose and meaning.
They concentrate on experiences and relationships rather than acquiring material possessions.
To be intentional with your time you must know your priorities, manage your time well, and set meaningful goals.
This means clearing your schedule of unnecessary commitments and learning to say no to requests that don’t line up with your priorities.
Those who adopt the minimalist lifestyle do so in order to spend more of their time on the things that make life worth living.
3 // Manage your mind
To master a minimalist mindset, you have to train your brain to accept that you need to own less stuff rather than declutter more often.
This shift teaches you to stop comparing yourself to others based on what you own.
It also helps you realize that happiness does not come from how much you possess.
I once asked my email community to name the number one thing that holds them back from living the life they want to live.
The top answer was fear – fear of failure, fear of what others might think, fear of success, you name it.
When you improve your mindset, you develop the ability to stop comparing yourself to others.
Then, you can step out of that fear and go after those crazy dreams of yours. All you need is the focus, drive, and commitment it takes to make it happen.
4 // Reduce your debt
Once a minimalist clears out all of their excess junk, they become much more intentional about how they spend their money.
It is difficult to live an abundant life when you are enslaved by debt. Living in debt is stressful and encourages thoughts of scarcity.
Reducing the amount of money you owe to other people is a natural side-effect of the minimalist lifestyle.
When you are focused on eliminating the vast number of possessions you own, you will begin to sell things you don’t need.
You will also reduce the amount of time and money it takes to care for all of the stuff you own.
Imagine how much more productive you could be if you weren’t tied down by all of the payments required to “own” things you don’t really need.
5 // Limit screen time
Devices are a big distraction for people in this day and age.
Social media, in particular, has completely changed the landscape of interpersonal communication.
The time spent scrolling social media disrupts relationships and productivity levels.
It is way too easy to pick up your phone when you’re bored and get sucked into the vortex of information overload.
For minimalists who want to eliminate excess in order to live their lives more intentionally, the choice to limit screen time is an obvious one.
Many exchange screen time for quality time with loved ones, time spent experiencing new things, or uninterrupted time working on their goals.
6 // Create a capsule wardrobe
A capsule wardrobe contains only items that you need and wear on a regular basis.
There is usually a particular pattern or color scheme that allows for all items to be easily matched.
Some people get hung up on the number of items hanging in the closet, but the important part is that there is nothing left that will go unused.
Including items that all work together no matter which combination you choose reduces the amount of time it takes to decide what to wear each day.
This frees up your time and brainpower for more important tasks.
Decision fatigue is real, and minimalists believe that you shouldn’t waste your time on trivial things.
7 // Simplify your diet
What you put in your body affects your productivity more than you might think.
Not to mention the amount of time it takes to plan and prepare meals.
Minimalists are all about making conscious decisions and that doesn’t stop with nutrition.
Fueling your body with healthy, whole foods gives you the energy you need to live life to the fullest.
You can take this one step further by rotating through the same meals on a regular basis, eliminating the need to come up with something new.
Simplify your diet to increase energy, mental clarity, and productivity.
Now, it’s your turn
The minimalist lifestyle can benefit you in more ways than one.
Not only does it reduce stress and help you live a life of purpose, but it also increases productivity.
Even if you’re not quite ready to join the minimalist movement full force, you can adopt these seven principles to increase productivity:
- Clear the clutter
- Be intentional with your time
- Manage your mind
- Reduce your debt
- Limit screen time
- Create a capsule wardrobe
- Simplify your diet