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going minimalist

Some time ago I've read Leo Babauta's book on minimalism and found it very nice and inspiring. But I haven't learned my lesson because I've kept buying things instead of getting rid of them. This week I've found myself skimming that book again, esp. having found yet another book on minimalism in a bookstore I've visited.

First, I've got this thought about how cool it'd be to read this new book on minimalism. Then, I've recognized my own failure: buying second book on minimalism would be outright stupid. Instead, I've skimmed that book's table of contents and went home to continue reading Leo Babauta's. Having two books about minimalism would obviously be against spirit of minimalism!

Now I am restarting my little project to get rid of at least one thing I no longer use or need every day. I have even set a goal in the Loop Habit Tracker app to watch how well I'm doing and to motivate myself a bit more, since seeing my progress already motivates me a lot when doing my daily morning workouts or meditation practice.

Things I used to get rid of in the past (I've already tried that less then a year ago) were: unused apps and old pictures on my phone, email I have read and/or replied to, etc. It worked very well in the past and I hope to get even better at it this time.

getting things done with SN

I've started using standard notes last year in October and it worked well. Then after a few months I've decided to go Extended and since then I'm using SN's full potential. And it's smashing.

I'm keeping all kinds of information here in SN, including some planning notes. My GTD setup here goes like that:

  • A tag to group all plans with fixed dates: #plan.
  • Per-day notes with titles like 05.19, containing lists of tasks I've planned for a particular day.
  • A bunch of tags to keep track of topics not related to dates:
    • #presents - ideas for birthday, Xmas and other presents;
    • #reading - links to stuff I'd like to read later (I'm not using Firefox Pocket);
    • #media - music and films I'd like to watch some day.

Of course posts for Listed are going to be tagged with #writing.

Whenever a bigger topic shows up, I create a new tag for it and add notes there. (For instance, I used to keep all my vacation-planning notes under #Cuba.) I've also got two tags to categorize notes as related to work or my private activities: #@WORK and #@HOME.

And that's it. Works very well for me and I think it's quite simple. Helps me a lot, esp. when I need to write something down quickly (GTD record phase). Later I can (re)assign notes' tags or split their contents between other notes.