Do more with less has become the battle cry for today’s organizations. Amid competitive pressures and a challenging global economy, companies continually raise the bar on goals and expectations. The do more with less strategy is also creeping into our everyday lives.
People employing this lifestyle are known as minimalists. A minimalist has different goals than a business when using the “do more with less” strategy.
Some minimalists define “less is more” as the practice as owning 100 things or less. Others who enjoy a minimalist lifestyle don’t obey a strict rule that dictates exactly how many items they have, they simply limit the number of virtual and physical possessions they obtain, and practice this ideology on an ongoing basis. However you define minimalism, there are some definite benefits to the idea that you shouldn’t be defined by the number of things you own.
Seven Benefits of Less is More
1 – Lower Stress Levels
When you own fewer possessions, you have less stress and anxiety. You don’t have to worry as much about maintaining, protecting, repairing and insuring possessions when you have less stuff.
2 – Your Wallet Gets Fatter
Monitor all of your purchases for 30 days. Strictly judge whether you need any and every one of them. You will notice more money in your bank account at the end of that month. When you own fewer things, there is more money available for you to save, or channel into other directions.
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3 – You Are Not Cleaning as Often
This is a benefit of minimalism most people don’t consider. Obviously, the more things you own, the more things you have to clean, dust, wash and keep up.
4 – More Free Time
Researching, shopping, negotiating, travel time and trial periods where you can test out a product for free all need your time. Do more with less and treat yourself to a ton of free time when you are engaging in these activities less and less.
5 – You Feel Free
When you have a lot of stuff, you feel anchored to those possessions. People that practice a minimal lifestyle say that one of the first feelings they enjoy is a sense of freedom as if a weight has been taken from their back since they don’t have to worry about so many possessions.
6 – You Contribute to a Cleaner Environment
Yes, you help improve the health of the planet when you go minimal. Greedy consumption is leading to unsustainable earth practices. If everyone stopped making unnecessary purchases tomorrow, the earth would instantly be a healthier planet.
7 – You Leave More for Others
Acquiring possessions can sometimes be a selfish endeavor. Even if you are not adding “things” to your life for greedy reasons; you are, by the very nature of supply and demand, limiting how many things are available for other people. Minimalism means leaving more for others, including future generations.
By incorporating minimalism in your life, you’ll discover that happiness doesn’t come from things but through the gift of life itself; a gift from God.
Have a nice weekend. See you soon.