Organisation and productivity

I’m done with minimalism

Wait, what?! Well, not quite. I'm not done with minimalism as an ethos, but I think I might have reached what 'my minimalism' looks like in terms of my physical possessions. I've spent the past couple of years decluttering, downsizing and reducing the new stuff that I bring into my life. After the initial purge,… Continue reading I’m done with minimalism

Goals and values

I still get tempted to buy stuff!

I've been making progress towards financial freedom since 2020, when I spent the year focusing on my personal finances and getting them into shape. Since then, I've clarified my 'why' of wanting to get there (more time to do the things I really get joy out of), put $43k into investments, paid off my student… Continue reading I still get tempted to buy stuff!

Goals and values

Minimalism vs frugality vs sustainability vs organization

I've been trying to implement the principles of minimalism for a couple of years now, so how come I still own things? Am I not a true minimalist? Minimalism is not about how many things you own, it's about owning just enough for you. It's a balance that I'm continuously trying to get right, right… Continue reading Minimalism vs frugality vs sustainability vs organization

Organisation and productivity

Gift ideas for minimalists

A couple of weeks ago I posted about a simplified Christmas. As part of this preparation, I suggested thinking about gifts that you might want to receive in advance, to avoid people giving you unwanted items and wasting their money. But what do you get a minimalist (or someone who is trying to become more… Continue reading Gift ideas for minimalists

Organisation and productivity

Preparing for a simplified Christmas

It might feel a bit early to talk about Christmas, but it's actually only sixty days away! And only forty-four business days away if you're thinking about items that need to be ordered and shipped. For me, a big part of making sure the festive season isn't too crazy is to plan ahead a bit… Continue reading Preparing for a simplified Christmas

Organisation and productivity

How to minimise your wardrobe by creating a uniform

Create a work uniform that's equally great for making presentations or fighting dragons.... Regular workplace communications such as reports, minutes and briefs all have templates. And if they don't have a template, you should make one! Why is this so important? The template gives you a guide to expressing yourself. It doesn't tell you what… Continue reading How to minimise your wardrobe by creating a uniform

Organisation and productivity

Balancing preparedness with minimalism and simplicity

Rain, hail, shine, snow, wind, flood.... how much do we really need to prepare for and still be a minimalist? A lack of preparation has been the cause of many a project failure. But I've also seen the opposite, where over-planning has delayed projects or made them more complex than they ever needed to be.… Continue reading Balancing preparedness with minimalism and simplicity