How a minimalist choose
Cup vs. flask
A cup is good for coffee and a flask for storing water.
I’ll throw the cup away.
Plus I can use the flask as a foam roller.
To fit everything into one backpack, I’ve been thinking a lot about multi-purpose products.
Jojoba oil, for example, replaces my lip balm, hair oil, body lotion, cleanser, hair regrowth serum…
My jackets can be rolled into a pillow if needed.
The only single purpose item that I keep is my analog watch. It helps me focus by reducing the time I check my phone and realized I spent 30 minutes replying messages and scrolling.
You don’t need it
That’s the first thing I tell myself before I even decide whether to buy a thing.
I don’t need a new phone because the camera is working fine.
I don’t need a new shirt for this dinner because it’s not torn.
Having this baseline eliminates hours of contemplating.
It’s tempting to be hooked on new features.
I’ve been on an ‘app-diet’ by reducing everything down to text files.
Google Keep vs Evernote vs Notion? No thanks, I’ll just type in plain text files.
Project management apps? I use
The benefit of having text file is that this format will still be viewable 10 years later on any device.
And I have full control of the database. I can choose where to store it, how to name it and who to share it.
This applies when choosing a software for a company too.