Once in a while, my mind starts thinking about a product I’d love to own and how it might make my life easier or better. Lately, I keep finding myself resorting back to a Google Chromebook. A Chromebook is a cost-effective solution to access everything Google offers over the web. I contemplate the product, compare reviews, decide I’m going to get one, but then remind myself that I don’t need this. I have one (or something similar) that already does it.
Need I spend more time in front of a screen? No. Walk away.
The truth is, Google is brilliant. So is Apple, Motorola, Samsung, and so on. These major companies are doing their part to get inside of our brains, and with large amounts of success. We think of buying a Chromebook, read average reviews, and we still consider the purchase. This fact proves how well these companies market. But worry not, because you’re even smarter.
Your brain possesses the ability to outsmart the most powerful supercomputer, and by ten times! Use this to your advantage. Think about what you truly “need.” Not what you want, but what you need. Do you need this thing or do you want this thing? Will it make your life better and more valuable? If so, then why hold back? Is the goal to fill some empty void, where once the newness wears off you be looking for that next “thing?” If so, perhaps reconsider.
There’s a growing number of people fed up with “stuff.”
There are more and more people joining the minimalist movement. Some don’t even realize they are becoming a minimalist. They decided they’re fed up with buying, spending, maintaining, repairing, storing, and cleaning. They sell, donate, or throw away their belongings, taking one more step towards minimalism.
The thought of having few (or fewer) possessions is freeing to many people. You could pack and go wherever you’d like, do whatever you want, without needing to worry about bringing too many things with you. I’ve enjoyed this aspect of being a minimalist the most. I focus on what matters to me and how I can do more with less.
There are no set rules for acting as a minimalist. Everybody has different values, opinions, sight, and thinking. What matters to everybody is different. The key is to find what is important to you, what you need, and decide what to do with what is left. It’s a great chance to earn a few extra dollars, recapture some time, and focus on what is most important to you.
For more on minimalism, wants, and needs, check out Minimalism: Because Less Is More