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A need to be minimalist

I’ve never been interested in minimalism. Couldn’t see the point. But I just spent over two hours deleting less than one-third of the emails that I don’t even want to read. That was preceded by quite a significant amount of time checking Facebook notifications from groups that, while I joined because I was interested, there are so many that I don’t read much at all. Now, I realise when people speak of minimalism, they are usually referring to furnishing, household organisation etc. etc. But according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary:  a style or technique (as in music, literature, or design) that is characterized by extreme spareness and simplicity. And I see no reason why I shouldn’t apply it to my life to improve time management.

So – Step One: Dedicate time every day to not only delete old emails but to unsubscribe to the ones that I know I rarely read, as well as the ones that I don’t need to read (no – I don’t need to buy more stuff online, only to find that I don’t like it when it arrives).

Step Two: Same as Step One, but with Facebook groups. This will be much harder: I’ve made some emotional investment in some of these groups, but with my lack of spare time, they just don’t serve me. And I feel like I’m deserting them: which is silly, because they don’t really know who I am. Those groups were going long before I joined and will continue long after I leave.

As they say – slowly but surely. Because that is another thing I’m not putting myself through anymore: deadlines for things that don’t need a deadline.

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Kerry A Waight - Author

A writer of historical fiction and paranormal stories.

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