Every month I like to challenge myself. In May, I did 30 days of productivity to inspire and motivate me. Therefore, in June I chose to challenge myself to 30 days of minimalism. I thought it was an appropriate challenge, since I am currently packing for my move across the country. I’ve heard about minimalism through some of my favorite YouTubers and through trending topics on Pinterest. I figured I’d give minimalism a shot, although I wasn’t 100% sure what it was. There are a ton of minimalism challenges on Pinterest, but I chose this one.
In order to easily visualize the tasks, I made a spread in my bullet journal. This allowed me to plan my days to make sure I can get a task done. This challenge was difficult, which surprised me. There were a lot of tasks that I just did not think I could do at that moment. So I decided that as long as I completed the 30 tasks, not to stress if I didn’t complete that task on that day. This took away the pressure of the challenge, but the benefit of the challenge to live a more minimal lifestyle remained.
Through this challenge I learned I have a lot of stuff and I do a lot of unnecessary things. I spend way to much time on social media and not enough time reflecting on and spending time with myself. My top three favorite tasks were 1) to let go of a goal 2) meditate for 15 minutes 3) define yearly goals.
I find that it is difficult for Americans to let go of a goal. We are so afraid of failure and disappointment that we hold on to things that no longer serve us. By letting go of something that no longer serves a purpose but to avoid failure produces a sense of relief. This allows your mind to open up to new opportunities.
In addition meditation allows you take a few minutes out of your day to just relax and to be with yourself and your mind. Social media and worry cloud our minds so we forget what is truly important. Setting some time to be in your mind really centers your being and allows for a productive and meaningful day.
Finally, letting go of a goal means you get to set new ones. Not just any goal though, meaningful and purposeful goals. Yearly goals sets a realistic and flexible timeline, which means you are more likely to complete that goal.
Minimalism is not just about living with less; it is about decluttering your mind, soul and body. It is about learning to let go of things that cloud your mind and to become aware of your surroundings. After cleaning out my closet I saw how much stuff I buy just to buy. Minimalism is becoming a conscious consumer.
Even though there were some tasks I could not complete, I became self aware. This was successful challenge and minimalism taught me to live a more simple and conscious life.