How I Use Minimalism To Be More Productive

Matt Lillywhite

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Most people in the world want to be more productive. They want to earn more money, accomplish every item on their schedule, and anything else that they believe to be necessary for creating a better life.

But more often than not, we sabotage our productivity by procrastinating, taking unnecessary meetings, and various other things that get in the way of accomplishing our goals.

We can all agree that one of the most important skills in life is learning to manage time effectively so we can focus on the things that matter. But the problem is that most people have no idea where to start.

For the longest time, I was ineffective at accomplishing anything on my schedule. I guess if procrastination were an Olympic sport, I would have certainly won a gold medal.

No matter how hard I tried to accomplish the items on my daily schedule, I found myself falling into a perpetual cycle of laziness and procrastination. But when I began to embrace the concept of minimalism, my life quickly began changing in ways that I never imagined.

The truth is that you can improve your focus, become more productive, and gain many other traits that are vital for a successful career.

How? Start by learning how to prioritize the things that genuinely matter, and everything you’ve ever wanted will fall into place.

I Have Much Less Clutter On My Desk.

When your mind isn’t continually distracted by items on your desk, it’s a lot easier to focus on the task at hand. For example, I solely bring my iPad & a bottle of water to my workstation, so I’m not distracted by loads of cables or anything else.

Research shows that having a messy desk is incredibly detrimental to your productivity. Quoting an article published by Inc: “The average person wastes 4.3 hours per week searching for paper, which increases stress and reduces concentration and creative thinking.”

So if you want to improve your productivity & focus, ensuring that you have a tidy workspace is undoubtedly a great place to start.

Consider organizing any cables, pieces of paper, or other office items that may distract you from your work. Because although it only takes a few minutes to eliminate any clutter, the effect it will have on your productivity throughout the day is profound.

I Only Perform Tasks That Genuinely Matter.

When you stop performing tasks that aren’t important, it gives you a lot more time to focus on the ones that are. For example, allocating specific time to answer emails will prevent you from using them as an excuse to procrastinate while working during the day.

Pareto Principle states that roughly 80% of an outcome is derived from 20% of input. So all you need to do is figure out which tasks give you the most efficient results to eliminate anything that wastes time from your schedule.

Because when you create a habit of saying “no” to the tasks that aren’t necessary, you’ll know that everything you do is getting you closer to achieving your goals. Greg McKeown said it best:

“Sometimes, what you don’t do is just as important as what you do.”

I Only Spend Money On Things That Matter To Me.

When you only spend money on things that you enjoy, you’ll inevitably find yourself spending less money and having a lot more time on your hands each month.

For example, now that I’ve stopped forcing myself to bars on a Friday night, I’m not distracted by a hangover the following morning or surprise transactions from a drunken night out.

As you can imagine, this created a lot of spare time each weekend to focus on the things that matter to me.

So if you want more time to focus on the things that genuinely matter to you, adopting some principles from minimalism will certainly help you to live a more productive & happier life. In the words of Joshua Becker:

“The first step in crafting the life you want is to get rid of everything you don’t.”

That’s all you need to do.

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