What Simple Means to Me

What does “simple living” mean to you? It’s something that I’ve been thinking a lot about lately. I read a lot of blogs and books on focusing less on the material possessions in your life and instead paying attention to the experiences. These writings vary from decluttering your kitchen to selling everything you own and moving into a cabin.

a style or technique (as in music, literature, or design) that is characterized by extreme spareness and simplicity

I tend to subscribe to the minimalist thinkings, but I don’t think I can call myself a minimalist. I believe in the ideal that we should push back against our excessive consumerism, but I also believe that at the core of what minimalism should be is the removal of everything you possibly can remove from your life. Which is why I think there is another term that better describes the how I feel about living simply.

Essentialism

I’m reading this book called “Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less” by Greg McKeown. Admittedly I am still pretty early into this book, but I already feel like I’m connecting to the principles that are outlined in this book. Essentialism is about identifying your priorities and focusing your life and your energy on those priorities and not letting other things distract you from that.

“He is driven by the idea that almost everything is noise.”

I love that sentiment. How true. How many times have you been at work and you found yourself working on something that isn’t core to the organizations mission? One of the things that we like to stress where I work is the idea of busy is not productive. Just because you are busy doesn’t mean that you are productive. Are you busy working on the right things?

“If you don’t prioritize your life, someone else will”

Do you know what’s important to you? Do you have priorities and goal that you would like to accomplish in life? Is what you are working on your priorities, or are they someone else’s? It’s really important to recognize this. It’s your life, go live it.

There are many, many other nuggets of wisdom in this book. I highly encourage that you pick up a copy.

I’d love to hear what you think “Simple” is? Do you consider yourself to be a minimalist?