Minimalism is catching! What started out as an effort to streamline my wardrobe to give me one less area of stress in my life, now permeates almost all of it.
I find it impossible to apply minimalist principles to one area only and compartmentalise others so that minimalism won’t touch them!
For example, I was working one day and a colleague came up to ask me a question. I opened my in-box to look for a relevant email and they exclaimed: ‘Oh, you’ve hardly any emails. I’d love to be like that but I’m just so busy’.
Where do I start?!
- Annoyance that a full in-box equates to being busy?
- Irritation at the suggestion that having few emails was the equivalent of having no work?
- Exasperation at the pride some take in being busy? Well, busy doing what? Not tending to your emails, that’s for sure!!
I am as ruthless with emails as I am with clutter. Ones that require action are dealt with as soon as possible. Really important ones are saved for reference, but these are actually few and far between. In common with a lot of people, I get a lot of ‘junk’ emails that don’t require an answer or an action, so I just delete them. I don’t feel the need to have them remain in my in-box in order to look busy!
So, I hold on to emails that add value and let go the ones that detract and distract and add no value. A bit like my clutter then.
My de-cluttering muscle has certainly built up over the past few years, to the extent I hardly even realise I’m using it now. Except when it’s pointed out to me by a friendly colleague 😉
Have a great week 😊