Why I Use Minimalism for Better Focus

Minimalism is a long-term investment with the potential to attract success in all aspects of life if I stay consistent.

Focus is the key to staying consistent and mindful in the unfolding of my own journey. I also believe that focus is the act of embracing all parts of myself including both the good and the bad in order to choose which direction I want to go. If you want to dive deeper into how I apply focus in my life, feel free to watch my video Why I Use Minimalism for Better Focus.

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What Is Focus?

  • Prioritizing what's important

  • Mental clarity

  • Mindfulness

  • Intentional living

  • Conscious awareness

In the past, my focus was on doing more and not doing it better. I wanted more friends instead of valuing the friends that I already had. I wanted a bigger wardrobe instead of buying high-quality clothing that lasts for a long time.

I was able to cultivate more focus by clearly identifying what I needed to spend my precious resources on. That's where Minimalism came into my life.

What Minimalism Has To Offer

  1. Fewer distractions

  2. Discipline

  3. Better time management

  4. Productivity

  5. More time, energy, space, and money

  6. Quality things and experiences

My need was to be more intentional with my health, relationship, career, emotional well-being, and spiritual wellness. What I needed most was to be highly selective of where I spend my time, space, and money. I wanted to start eating nourishing food instead of junk. I didn't want to waste away my money with poor financial decisions. I wanted to be kind and generous to other people instead of being known as the pessimistic person. I also wanted to buy a few high-quality things instead of consuming a ton of low-quality products.

My Focuses

  • Buy a few high-quality things

  • Care about my well-being

  • Eat healing food

  • Practice nourishing movement/exercise

  • Set clear and reasonable goals

  • Commit to self-care

Distractions

  • Toxic food

  • Negative people

  • Stimulants like drugs

  • Violence

  • Addictive shopping

My teacher Thich Nhat Hanh always says that without suffering, there is no way to know what it is like to be without suffering. So forgiveness of the presence of distraction in one’s life is crucial in moving forward.

Ways To Improve Focus

  1. Meditate: Relax the mind and ground yourself in the present moment

  2. Breathe: Return to the breath and focus on sending energy throughout the body

  3. Exercise: Get your mind off of distracting thoughts by getting physical

  4. Journal: Go through a brain dump to organize your thoughts

  5. Share: Talk with your friends and loved-ones! Ask questions and be curious

  6. Vision Boards or Focus Wheel: Get specific with your life goals and future plans

I hope that I was useful in shedding some light on this topic.

Helpful Resources

• Solution Focused Questions by

Fredrike Bannink: https://amzn.to/2XYEI8B

• Essentialism by Greg McKeown: https://amzn.to/2ZDSHRF

• Ask and It Is Given by Esther & Jerry Hicks (Abraham): https://amzn.to/2XsPBmd