Sunday, August 23, 2015

Minimalism Challenge: Recap

The 30-Day Minimalism Challenge ended yesterday.

I will go ahead and tell you that I am imperfect. I forgot about it multiple times. 

But, I was still able to come away from it realizing how not minimal my life is. Especially my mornings/evenings. I'm a very habitual person. I have a hard time breaking routine. That's helpful most of the time - except when my habits aren't good for me. I have a tendency to immediately check Facebook/Instagram/e-mail as soon as I get to work at 8 or 8:30. While checking it super quick isn't a bad thing, I end up getting consumed by it and before I know it I look at the time and it's nearly 9:30! I just lost an hour of work! Not okay!! I need to make the most out of my work day.

My favorite part of the challenge was turning off notifications. I did this for Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. I love this because until I actually open the app, I have no idea what's going on. It was stressful for the first 3 hours. After that I felt so free. Like I wasn't chained to my phone for information in my social media world. Funny how quickly knowing how many likes my most recent Instagram picture got becomes so unimportant.

I totally plan on incorporating pieces of this challenge into my life. Specifically these:

1. Practice gratitude. Anyone else get bogged down with the hard parts of life? I need to take time to love life more.
2. Follow a morning ritual. This includes journaling. I want to make quiet time part of my morning routine. My quiet time jumps around every day to the point of I can go a week without spending time with the Lord because it's not part of any routine I have.
3. Define goals/Identify 3-6 priorities. In my crazy grad school life, it's easy to let everything feel like it's the most important thing. Meaning it's super easy to become overwhelmed with things I need to do.
Other things I plan to do maybe once a week or once a month include unfollow/unfriend, evaluate my last 5 purchases, streamline my reading list, and declutter my digital life. 

Overall, I loved the idea of this challenge. I plan to continue striving to live a more minimal life.

Did anyone else participate in this challenge? (No judgment if you got two days into it and then forgot!)

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