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Welcome back! This is day (3) of the 31 Days of Minimalism Challenge.
If you missed yesterday’s post, check it out here.
Today, we are going to be talking about something very important in every minimalist’s journey, which is planning and setting goals.
There are no two minimalists alike: we each have our own minimalist recipe and we all approach it differently.
As part of the 31 Days of Minimalism Challenge, we thought it would be beneficial to guide you through the process of planning and setting goals for what YOU need from minimalism.
Maybe you’re needing any or all of these:
- Simple Living
- Mental Clarity
- Money Saving
- A Change in Lifestyle
In this post, we are going to cover our method for creating a plan, setting goals, and sticking with it.
Before we begin, make sure you download and print the free planner here: Minimalist Recipe Planning
Creating Your Own Minimalist Recipe
1. Determining your needs
For the first part of the planning process, we are going to determine your needs…aka: GOALS!
By determining this first, it will allow us to visualize the minimizing process. I find visualization extremely effective when wanting to begin something new as it helps me get in the correct mood and mindset.
I wrote in my goals from more important to less important:
Some questions you can ask yourself to determine your goals might be:
- Why am I interested in minimalism?
- What am I lacking in life?
- Do I spend too much money?
- Do I have too much stuff?
- Am I usually stressed or anxious?
These can be really helpful in finding your why.
You should look at your goals every single day and visualize what it will feel like to accomplish them.
2. Creating a solid plan
Now that we’ve determined our needs/goals, it’s time to create a plan!
While creating a plan, it is important to remember that less is usually more. That is, the more you try to do at once, the more likely you will burn out quickly.
Remember: minimalism is a process with no end.
Start by working several times a week on achieving your goals and make adjustments as needed.
3. Daily breakdown
Next we are going to create a daily breakdown. For me, this means what time of day will I work to achieve these steps.
This is helpful because it gives more definition to our plan. If I want to meditate for 10 min./day, it is easy to push it off until the late evening. By creating a daily breakdown, we are less likely to procrastinate or give up.
Now for the hard part: How are you going to stay motivated?
For this, you can either write down some inspiration (a quote, a feeling, an idea), or schedule 5/10min. of visualizing every day.
Remember: you are becoming minimalist for a reason. Don’t let go of the feeling you had when you started.
Great, We’re Ready to Start!
Tomorrow, we will be covering the BEST downsizing techniques to help you become minimalist. After that, it will be off to the races!
Want to share your completed planner? Post in the comments below!
As always, BE WELL!
Riley & Cece