Minimalism is not wizardry. It is a fairly straightforward journey. The journey starts with an idea. Gradually, this idea forges a new mindset. And this mindset leads to new habits.
Together, these habits create a lifestyle pivoting around freedom, simplicity, and mindfulness.
People often picture minimalism as an empty white room without clutter and superfluous items.
Design naturally plays a role, but minimalism as a lifestyle goes far beyond decluttering.
Most people believe that more equals better.
We want more money to improve our finances. More clothes will revamp our looks. And finally, more hard work will lead to more professional success.
However, more is not always the solution. It is sometimes the root of the problem.
In this context, subtraction is an underrated problem-solving tactic.
A while ago, I came across an ebook called 17 Questions That Changed My Life by Tim Ferriss. His question number 11 was the following:
“What if I could only subtract to solve problems?”
The question piqued my interest. I had been decluttering my home for a while, and I was on route to becoming a fully-fledged minimalist. Nevertheless, Tim’s approach added a new dimension to my minimalist mindset. …
Most people take the easy route.
Whether it’s professional risks, physical challenges, or controversial discussions, many people shy away from uncomfortable situations.
In truth, discomfort frightens us.
We are afraid to fail at our new professional project. We don’t push ourselves harder in the gym because we are too scared to test our limits. And finally, contentious debates aren’t appealing because we fear someone’s reaction, and we dread the prospect of questioning our beliefs.
It’s in these situations, however, that genuine self-improvement ensues.
By taking our mental and physical capabilities over the edge, we force ourselves into unknown territory. …
Priorities are the foundation of informed decisions.
No matter if the decision concerns fashion purchases, professional commitments, or relationships, our priorities play a cardinal role.
You buy that new smartphone because you prioritize electronics over books. Your new government job provides lots of free time — catering to your family priorities. And your new partner is honest, faithful, and kind — adhering to your primary ideals in terms of relationships.
Whether you know it or not, you value certain things over others, and these valuations form a list of priorities.
However, many people struggle with prioritization.
They wonder whether fun should undermine long-term financial freedom. That new love interest may not have the right character, but her aura is infectious. …
A successful digital nomad lifestyle is a constant balancing act.
Sitting in your Airbnb in Cartagena, Colombia, you’ll have the following thoughts:
I need to finish this work assignment, but my local friends are planning a fishing trip on a remote Caribbean island.
When you’re traveling full-time, new adventures beckon everywhere, and there are always “once in a lifetime opportunities.”
Nevertheless, as remote workers, we are not on holiday. We cannot spend the entirety of our days exploring rainforests or climbing mountains. We’ll end up broke if we do.
That’s why balancing work and adventure is critical.
To succeed as a remote worker, you need to find ways to combine work and play on the road. As such, you need to avoid swinging too far in either direction. …
The internet is full of success stories.
The ugly duck who turned into a swan by going to the gym and changing her diet. The unfulfilled cubicle worker who learned how to make money online and started traveling the world. And finally, the “normal guy” who, within a year, changed his entire life around.
Many self-improvement stories seem unreal. The changes are so profound that we don’t believe them. This must be an Instagram marketing trick.
There may be a lot of scammer content on the internet, but once you grasp the fundamentals of self-improvement, you can change your life.
A few years ago, I was rotting away in a corporate office, and I didn’t like my life. …
Stress is an omnipresent force in our working lives.
Whether it’s constant email traffic, never-ending requests, or our boss’ mood, stress factors are everywhere.
That’s where stress-reducing habits come into play.
To counter external pressure, we need ways to boost our calmness, serenity, and working rhythm.
In other words, we need boundaries that draw a clear line between productive, calm work, and stress-increasing activities.
On this basis, here are six powerful habits that will help you reduce stress at work.
No matter if you work in an office, at home, or on the road, you need ways to offset inevitable stress. …
Mindfulness is a popular topic these days.
In times of uncertainty, fast-paced changes, and endless distractions, many people seek to reduce their anxiety with mindfulness.
But what does mindfulness mean in the real world?
The American Psychological Association defines mindfulness as a “moment-to-moment awareness of one’s experience without judgment.”
In other words, mindfulness is the state of being aware of the present moment.
By focusing your thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations on the present, you achieve mental clarity. And this clarity will reduce anxiety, cut out distractions, and boost your calmness.
Better still, it will help you focus on one particular activity, bolstering your productivity. …
Almost two years ago, I said goodbye to my corporate office, sold all of my possessions, and set off to travel the world full-time.
I had a small online business at the time, and more importantly, a lot of travel experience under my belt. Before taking the leap, I had visited over 50 countries and completed several two-month-plus adventures.
Nevertheless, full-time traveling was a different beast.
My digital nomad lifestyle started in Bangkok. I was reeling from a recent breakup, my business wasn’t making much money, and I didn’t know anyone in the Thai capital.
Every day presented new challenges. I needed to grow my income, learn the ins and outs of digital nomadism, and navigate the daily challenges of long-term travel. …
We all remember our elementary school days. At some point, our teachers asked us what we want to be when we grow up.
Some replied with “astronaut,” others wanted to be “football stars,” and finally, the most sensible kids shared their teaching ambitions.
Personally, the reply was “plane engineer.” I was six years old, and my teacher asked the question one week after I had taken my first ever flight in 1999. I remember wanting to build a better plane because the Fokker 50 flight I took was hopelessly shaky.
I didn’t become a plane engineer, but that school moment stayed in my mind. …