Productivity is a struggle for many of us–myself included. I’m the classic wait-till-the-last-minute type of person. Minimalism has helped me with that. I won’t pretend like it’s changed me into someone who plans everything ahead of time–I’m still not great. But I’m definitely more productive than I used to be.
Less Decision Making = Less Decision Fatigue
Some aspects of minimalism can help reduce the number of decisions in your life. Decision fatigue is a real thing–though overblown–and minimalism can help! For example, reducing your clothes can help make picking outfits easy. Instead of having to match color combos and different styles, my wardrobe is now made up of classic pieces that all match each other. I stick with one color palette, which makes picking out an outfit effortless. This isn’t to say that you’ll become a genius by wearing the same thing every day, but reducing your wardrobe down to things that match makes a big difference for me.
Simplification of the Work Process
Minimalism can also apply to the processes involved in your work. Organizing your life and automating simple processes or making them easier can dramatically increase your productivity. Some simple examples that I’ve implemented in my life are email filters/folders, using IFTTT actions, creating email templates, among other things.
Less Social Media/Phone Addiction
Minimalism leads many to either reduce or cut out social media, as well as reduce phone usage–including myself. While I still won’t pretend that I’m productive every hour of the day now, I’m definitely more productive. When I’m distracted, I feel better about the activities I choose–I’d rather be playing a video game I love than aimlessly scrolling Twitter! Overall, I’m definitely more productive, more aware of my time, and happier with how I spend it.
Through minimizing my possessions and understanding what objects mattered to me, it also leads me to reflect and discover what I value. Understanding my values allows me to prioritize my time more effectively. I’m less likely to spend hours on ventures that don’t excite me, and more likely to pursue my career goals, spend time on my hobbies, or cuddle with my pets.
More Time, Less Stress
All of this leads to less wasted time and a sense of control over your schedule and time. For me, this leads to less stress about not having enough time. I’ve been able to reframe my understanding of time and understand that I do have time for everything I want to do in a day, it’s just a matter of prioritizing it.
Clean Desk Improves Productivity
Cleaning off your workspace and minimizing what’s on and in it can increase your productivity, as clean desks have shown to lead to higher productivity. I’m not great about this, but I definitely notice the difference when I manage to keep my workspace clear.
While not explicitly related to minimalism, minimizing my life lead me to realize how inefficient multitasking is. I won’t lie, I still try to do it all the time. But I know I’ll finish work faster if I focus on the task at hand.
While minimalism isn’t always about productivity, it can certainly improve it. I certainly didn’t go from a procrastinator to someone who finishes projects weeks early, and I still procrastinate often. But I’m far more productive than I used to me, and minimalism helped with that. How has minimalism helped your productivity?