I paid a visit to my favourite YouTuber Melissa Alexnadira’s new webpage where she put on resources she created for personal development. Most of her work talks about setting goals and achieving them. I very much appreciate her passion and effort, but I think not everyone can benefit from her work because most people live in a mess.
Melissa asks people to picture their perfect life and write down their life goals. Then she tells people to break the big goals into small chunks. That’s a very classical tip offered by motivation gurus. But most people, people in reality, are too BUSY. Their schedules are too busy to allow themselves enough sleep, let alone fit in a daily task that pave the way towards reaching long term goals.
I am not making excuses for people who choose to lead a busy life. What I am suggesting is, motivation gurus can perhaps start their 101 with a lesson of decluttering and downsizing. The problem with those people is that they have too many physical stuff as well as the untangible like meetings, gatherings and shopping to do. If they simplify their world by limiting what they need to get by, their schedules will then have room for new projects.
This sense of loss after some major decluttering comes from the fact that there is nothing more left to toss or donate or tidy. (This feeling is discussed in lightbycoco’s video as well.)
It’s a very common “syndrome” within the minimalist community and I want to say cheer to whoever suffering, because instead of falling back to the “comfort” offered by retail shopping and constant hauling, you opt to live with the agony and insist on finding out what you can do next.
I am no expert on this, but I guess one of the reasons for not missing an orientation in life is because you never think about what you really want to achieve and contribute to the world.
And you know what? This question has long been there — before you even started decluttering. It’s just that you didn’t get the time, space or energy to sit down and ask the question, “What is my intrinsic goal?” as you were occupied by keeping up with the trend and news.
Now that you are on a clean slate (Thanks to some serious downsizing work! Good job, by the way.), this question emerges. It’s nothing new. It’s just something you’ve never really attended to.
Don’t let this temporary emptiness fools you. It’s not that minimalism suddenly makes you a jaded person who loses his/her dream. It’s just the same feeling when we turn to page one of a new notebook.
You’ve bravely thrown away a messy notebook (your old life which is filled with bags of useless knickknacks and schedules of mindless fun). Take the next brave step by finding your life purpose.
It doesn’t matter if you have no clue how to make good use of this clean “notebook”. Get off the chair, have a taste of everything and experiment.
Embrace this emptiness and fill it up with the most meaningful activities even if you haven’t quite figured out your biggest passion. (But I’m quite sure we will find it much sooner than before as we allow less distractions in our lives.)
Mine is writing an autobiography and some personal reflections on life. What’s yours?
Every time I stumbled upon blogs which are updated frequently, I wonder, “How can they have such an ample amount of time?”
Then I study successful people, living and dead, whose productivity has made huge contribution to their own domain and discover the one trait in each of them: they spend significantly less time on entertainment than regular people.
While most people sleep in, shop online, play games, chit chat, watch flick and so, those who take their projects seriously fill their schedules first with the progress goals so there is no way for distractions to squeeze in.
As I came across with the idea of minimalism, it dawned do me that my convoluted writing could be a reflection of my life! There were too many things that seemed fun but didn’t really give me any joy eventually that stole away my time to live my life to its fullest and share my story with the world.
Then I started re-prioritizing. I crossed out activities that didn’t contribute to my long-term goal and built up a strong foundation that’s favourable to my writing (like going to bed early, doing yoga and eating right).
I started this year with two calendars, one to mark the chain actions of writing and one for yoga practice. It was until the 4th/5th month I noticed a co-relation: The day I went to a yoga class and got my blood circulation going instead of sitting there watching entertainment news and coveting was usually the day I wrote too.
So my answer to the earlier question is: They have time to write because they are living right.
- 文筆 (中：詞語，句法。英：詞語) by 讀優質文章
- 寫作速度 by 多寫，拿感覺
- 執行力 (無時無刻都有點子，但缺乏把點子組織成文的時間表)
- block hours: 週三六日晚
有些人隨少女期完結，也跟著掉失這夢，沒有多少人會堅持到底，寧願說這夢不實際，隨波逐流過庸俗的一生 ── 少女時的自己很鄙視的生活方式。
1. 金錢 (前提是有技能，再前提是要學習)
2. 健康 (身 = 行動力 + (自信)心 = 持續的行動力)
This is the end of the Get Things Done series. I hope you have enjoyed it and hopefully found some ideas useful. Thanks for reading till the end. You deserve to be a winner!
Review your life and recall any achievements regardless of its scale, because success, big or small, is made up of the same thing: passion, practice and persistence.
If you have kept your promise and accomplished a task singlehandedly even for one time, you can apply the same effort to another task.
In my notebook, I write down anecdotes like choosing a greek salad over a frappuccino at the coffee shop so as to remind myself my capability to make conscious choices.