“Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else.” Les Brown
It is your responsibility to enhance your productivity. I will quickly show you one way to do so. It is easy a step because you can do it by yourself. Increasing your productivity is something you can do by your self. You don’t have to wait for the government to do it for you. You don’t also need to wait for any rich man to do it for you. Minimalism is one of the hundreds of ways to increase your productivity.
Minimalism is a tool used to rid yourself of life’s excess in favour of focusing on what’s important so you can find happiness, fulfilment, and freedom.
This means selecting and focusing on the few things that give you fulfillment. This must align with your life vision
In other words minimalism as the intentional promotion of the things we most value and the removal of everything that distracts us from it. It is a life that forces intentionality. And as a result, it forces improvements in almost all aspects of your life.
Simply stated minimalism as the process of identifying what is essential in your life and eliminating the rest. Less is more.
Our modern lifestyles are far from minimalist. With so many distractions around us, we are often so busy with phones, social media, radio, television etc that we find it difficult to create time and space to enjoy the simple things in life, like spending time with our loved ones, exercising, getting creative, cooking, or just being productive.
We’re too busy being overwhelmed by physical, digital, and mental clutter that leads to increased anxiety and an overall sense of dissatisfaction borne out of the unproductive lifestyle. These things occupy us, keeps us so busy at the expense of being productive. Thus we end up not creating value nor generating sufficient income to take care of ourselves and loved ones.
More internet, more cars, more clothes, more drugs, more dinners, more alcohol, more television, more news, more negativity, more social media all these have created a sense of getting so busy without any concrete output.
The process of minimising is both challenging and empowering. Saying no is a tough skill to acquire, but one that honestly lets you live life on your terms.
These are some actionable steps you can take to apply minimalism as a tool to increased productivity. These are some of the steps you can consider taking today. Do not procrastinate.
1. List all current commitments you have.
2. Prioritise them in order from commitments that are most essential to least essential commitments.
3. Start eliminating your least-essential commitments one at a time. Think about what’s adding value to your life.
4. Every month, start this process again until you’re only doing things that add the most value.
5. Say no to things that don’t move you in the direction you want to be going. Say no to things you don’t want to be doing.
6. ALWAYS ask yourself “do I need this?” You’ll be surprised how many times you’ll say no.
- If you keep doing what you’re doing, you’ll get the same result. That’s why if you have an opportunity to learn more about productivity don’t hesitate. This is because each moment you hesitate is another moment you’ll struggle with your present income. Each day that you’re not using productivity secrets is a missed opportunity.