Technology evolves to make our lives easier and in many ways it has. For example, it’s much easier to send a message to your friends and family today than any other time in history.
Yet despite its potential to make our lives easier, technology can also be very disruptive not just to businesses and industries, but to your everyday life as well. Take a look through the following list and see if any of these issues sound familiar.
Distractions – With your devices keeping you constantly connected to the rest of the world, the amount of distractions we face today is greater than ever before making it difficult to focus on the things that are truly important to you.
Fatigue – The world has become an extremely noisy place both visually and auditorily. Having to deal with this on a daily basis is physically, mentally and emotionally fatiguing leaving you with very little energy to do anything meaningful.
Addiction – With low energy, your mind and body can be easily tempted to seek out addictive instant gratification activities like watching excessive amounts of television or mindlessly browsing social media neither of which offer many benefits to your long-term happiness.
Dept – In today’s consumer culture, you are constantly told that the more things you buy, the happier you’ll feel. Chances are, your own experiences will tell you that this is totally false leaving you with heaps of dept, a cluttered home full of things you don’t need and a burdening responsibility to deal with them.
Discontentment – And with more and more celebrity culture being broadcast everyday, with rich and famous people showing off their luxurious homes, cars and holidays trying to set the bar for how your life should be while you work long hours doing a job you hate, it’s not surprising that you might feel discontent and dissatisfied with how your life might look right now.
I’m Craig Link and I’m a minimalist.
I don’t have most of the things that society considers normal like a mortgage or a car. The less I own the happier I am.
What is minimalism?
Minimalism is a philosophy and lifestyle centred around the principle of: less is more.
• Less time spent doing something you hate, means more time to spend doing something you love.
• Less money spent on things that don’t matter to you, means more money to spend on the things that add value to your life.
• Less distractions, means more focus and more intentional living.
• Less ownership, means less responsibility and more freedom.
Before I applied minimalism to my life, it looked very much like as described earlier.
I worked long hours and whatever free time I had was devoted to my tv and video game addiction. I indulged in junk food on a daily basis with little to no regards for my health. And no matter how much money I spent on material possessions, I never felt anywhere near as happy as the commercials promised.
It was during the peak of my dissatisfaction that I decided to apply minimalism to my life. I reduced the amount of things I owned that weren’t bringing me value. I reduced the amount of money I spent on material possessions that weren’t making me happy. And I reduced the amount of time spent doing things that weren’t bringing me fulfilment.
It was only after I was able to simplify my life, that I realised just how urgently we need minimalism in this day and age. In fact, it may be more relevant and more important today than any other time in history.
Some people love seeing technology evolve and others resent it. Either way, the reality is that it’s not going away any time soon just as it is never truly finished.
But as a technology enthusiast, I believe that if used in line with the principles of minimalism, that computers, smartphones and digitisation can all help turn a complex life into a simple one.
A simple life is not a deprived life, but a life that includes only what is important to you and that which makes you happy.
If I’ve just described how you’d like your life to look, then I’d like to help you create it.
You can find the full archive here if you’d like to read more about how you can live a simpler life.