I am not a minimalist by any sense of the word.
I have a case of shelves entirely dedicated to decorations, souvenirs and trinkets.
My wardrobe is certainly not a carefully curated rack of crisp monochrome.
And I find it incredible hard to do one thing at a time.
The last point is the only one that bothers me. While I’m happy with my collection of mementos and I will never restrict myself to wearing black, white and the occasional beige, I would love for my mind and attention spam to be a little less cluttered – right now I’m typing this out, watching House reruns on Netflix, drinking tea and trying to coax my kitten out from under the lounge.
I’m one of those people who finds it easier to make a change when it has the word “challenge” slapped on it. Work has been hectic and my thoughts are all over the place and I wanted to change it up, so the 14 Day Minimalism Challenge in May’s ‘Less is More’ issue of Women’s Fitness magazine came along just at the right time.
So over the next 14 days, I’ll be following said challenge which is made up of minimalism tips from Anuschka of Into Mind. I’ll be doing one of the following each day in an effort to be a little more restful and less scatterbrained:
- Don’t buy anything for 24 hours
- Meditate for 15 minutes
- Identify your three main priorities in life
- Have a no-complaint day
- Practise single-tasking
- Turn off notifications on your phone
- Clean out your junk drawer
- Unsubscribe from 3 mailing lists
- Evaluate your last five non-essential purchases
- Journal for 20 minutes
- Create a relaxing bedtime routine
- Let go of a goal that isn’t meaningful to you
- Leave a whole day unplanned
- Go bare-faced
Stay tuned for weekly progress updates, or why not join me? Let me know if you’ll be giving it a go, or if you’ve got another minimalism tip for me – I’m open to making this last more than the 14 days.