Less (really) is more

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Without a doubt less (really) is more.

Since our frugal month and combining our “new” minimalist lifestyle, we are gaining more from less. I have found that with more “free” time on my hands, I do things with real purpose and meaning. I have – shock to the system – started to read more. I have dyslexicia, which (for me) meant I struggled and not did not enjoy. Now though, with more time available, I am enjoying and searching out articles to read. Things I like. Things I love. I am interested.

I am consumsing less (physical stuff), far less than I ever thought I would, when I started on this journey. I am seeing things on TV about living mortgage free, with less and becoming excited by the challenge of it all. I am being even more selective with what I watch on television. Giving more time to the family, saving money, gardening, grow your own, cycling and saying “no” to invites.

Saying “no” is a hidden benefit that we should all do more often. Just try it and see – it works! It means you shall probably be less committed at the weekends (and work), but more focused on the few things you said “yes” to.

Standby.

Offer help and standby to help, rather than standby and watch.

I’ve been on the other end of stress, panick and anxiety at work and at home. I have taken hours to get to sleep with an over active mind. I have woken up in an abrupt sweaty state due to being completely overwhelmed by stress from work, stress from money. Don’t standby and watch; help.

I have picked my smart phone up instantly after waking up; to start checking emails, money, emails, money. Now I don’t with the same degree of stress or panick. It’s been almost three years now since I stood up to debt, consumerism, self pride. That’s 25 months that I have now not used my overdraft. I have had to use my emergency fund, which currently sits just below 1,000. No credit cards! This minimalists journey is definitely the next best step for me in a more worthwhile life.

I tend to pick up my phone to see where I am going rather than put a light on and disturb the rest of the family. Fortunately en-route to this point in my life, my family did standby and help.

 

Do. Defer. Delegate. Dump.

Years ago, I would become very stressed, panicked and suffer from anxiety when at work. Looking back it was because of being overwhelmed, overworked, but most importantly disorganised from a time management perspective.

It wasn’t until I Googled “work stress help”, “project management tips” and so on did I solve this stressed lifestyle. A very simple project management / time management method saved me – and still does right now.

Do it now. Defer it. Delegate it. Dump it.

My work email inbox right now is empty. Zero. Nothing unread. Nothing read. Everything that has come into my inbox today, yesterday, last week, last month has been managed. All my emails have been managed into either a Do it now, Defer it, Delegate it or Dump it folder. This leaves me every day clear headed, stress free, not panicked and not suffering from anxiety.

It goes without saying that only the worthwhile emails survive. Unsubscribe.