I was on holiday in England last week. I usually take 3 books with me and don’t finish reading any of them so this time I decided to take just one and actually read it from cover to cover (since it was an e-book and I read it on my iPad, I should say, from the first page till last one). My choice of book was aimed at continuing my search for useful habits to organize my home and for that matter, my life! I’ve always been quite fascinated with the idea of becoming minimalist but have been constantly put off by the idea of owning only 100 items or less, as it is very often stated by some minimalists. The best advice for me at this time seemed to be to deepen my knowledge of minimalism and apply it and that led me to reading the well-known e-book by Joshua Becker called “Simplify”.
Joshua (and his family) started introducing minimalism in their lives some 3 years ago and he has documented his journey through his blog: www.becomingminimalist.com.
Joshua presents the essence of “ration minimalism” in 7 guiding principles to help anyone declutter their home and life. I’ve found his e-book very useful and eye-opening! Once I started reading it I just couldn’t put it down. It introduces rational minimalism from the family side (I’m a family man with 2 kids too) and explains that you don’t need to scale down your belongings to less than 100 items to enjoy the benefits of a minimalistic life. He clearly states 10 main benefits of becoming minimalist and supplies links to another 27.
In wanting to become more minimalistic, my first question was; “What are the true benefits of implementing minimalism in my life?” and the second; “How I am going to implement it?” Both questions have now been answered with useful examples and tips on how to get started, e.g. I really like Joshua’s idea of “Victory Leads to Victory”. It discusses establishing a course of action for getting started with building new successful habits and how to get encouragement, and form new positive habits, by sorting out the small things in your life first before then going on to the big or long-term ones (like your mortgage) that may discourage you if you haven’t experienced any previous victory in that field.
Among the many tips, helps and ideas, Joshua also gives some advice on how to sort out your finances with a very useful supplementary link to “Unautomate your Finances” from Adam Becker. Also, he explains and gives examples of how goals shape and change us and underlines the importance of changing your habits.
I found his book very encouraging. Joshua not only shows how rational minimalism could help me but also how to start and hit on the first tangible results for developing good “minimalistic” habits. I will be referring more often to Josuha’s e-book, “Simplify”, so if you’d like to call a copy of his book your own, you will find a link below to get it.