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Typical Day of A Minimalist vs A Maximalist

Typical Day of A Minimalist vs A Maximalist

“As much as we like our stuff, they really aren’t a part of us,” said Thomas Gilovich, a Cornell University psychology professor. A minimalist defines themselves according to their experiences rather than what they own. As Gilovich describes:

“Arguably, we are the sum total of our experiences. It’s almost like building up a resume by virtue of the things that you did.”

Minimalist vs. Maximalist in Daily Life

When they get up

When they get up

    Tidying up the bed usually has been becoming a habit for a minimalist.

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    When they’re preparing to go out

    When they’re preparing to go out

      A minimalist puts a simple makeup when they prepare to go out.

      When they cook

      When they cook

        When they cook, minimalist tends to keep the kitchen environment clean and neat.

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        When they use the computer

        When they use the computer

          A minimalist keeps their pc desktop neat. They love neatness, anyway.

          When they take rest

          When they take rest

            When they need to search for items they need

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            When they need to search for items they need

              Since minimalist people usually have a neat home and put things back at the right place, they tend to get the item they need easily when they’re looking for it.

              When they’re working

              When they’re working

                Minimalist people also keep their work environment neat.

                The Advantage of Valuing Experiences Over Material Possessions

                Gilovich has dedicated himself to the study of happiness and how it is connected to experience and possessions for more than a decade. He said, there are three central reasons why doing something brings about more satisfaction and feeling of fulfillment than owning something: what we experience forms part of our identity; when we experience things, we connect socially with others; and there is no jealousy connected with experiences whereas there is often envy when it comes to others material things.

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                Material Things Are Not Memories

                People who have not yet become minimalists often believe that things represent memories. They confuse material possessions with what they recall and value.

                “We hold onto these things because we think they’re going to be useful in some hypothetical future that doesn’t actually exist,” Millburn said. “We hold onto almost everything just in case we might need it some day. I learned that the memories aren’t in things either. That’s why I was holding onto so many things because I thought the memories were in those things, but they weren’t.”

                The minimalist knows that memories are part of us and our thoughts and are not contained in material things.

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                Last Updated on December 2, 2018

                How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

                How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

                Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

                The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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                The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

                Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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                Review Your Past Flow

                Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

                Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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                Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

                Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

                Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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                Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

                Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

                We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

                Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

                  Featured photo credit: Nathan Dumlao via unsplash.com

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