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Change Your Life in Seconds: Vol. 2, No. 16

Hey, I’m Sim, and this is my Change Your Life in Seconds newsletter. Every week, striking reflections that take seconds to read but will help you change perspective on life.

7 Thought-Provoking Reflections

64 seconds to read, week-long meditations.

7. Interesting people are not born that way, but they become so from their cumulative experiences, steadily working on themselves over time. tweet now
6. Learning about others is learning about yourself. tweet now
5. Share experiences, not content. tweet now

4. Effective learners rewired their fear of trying something new with the thrill of trying something new. tweet now
3. Alternating repetitive and creative work allows you to enjoy both. tweet now
2. Unlearning is learning to let go. tweet now
1. Some advantages of having fewer objects, but of higher quality: tweet now

  • They last longer.
  • You save space.
  • You don't waste excessive time on maintenance.
  • You avoid unnecessary activities.
  • You save money in the long term.

Deeper Dive: Where to Start Decluttering

A few more seconds, deeper reflections.

Many guides talk about decluttering the space around you, but almost none about decluttering your thoughts—and how these two processes are connected.

While mental clarity is a consequence of observing yourself through meditation, clearer thinking also comes from letting go of what is physically around you. Since objects take up not just physical room but also mental space, decluttering a desk or a room means decluttering your mind.

Objects “want” to be used: A screen’s mere presence in the room distorts focus and commands your attention. When you declutter, you force yourself to re-evaluate the nature and worth of what you own: Is this something I use regularly? Is it something I keep to make someone else happy? Or will I even notice if it is gone by tomorrow?

When you stop seeing letting go as a deprivation, you start to use it as a tool to determine what is necessary and valuable in life. So you let go what you don’t need in order to appreciate what you have. You make space—not just physical—for what is worthy of your attention. I think you can’t call yourself a true minimalist until you get rid of your thoughts.

The more stuff you have, the more stuff you need to maintain—both mentally and physically. In the end, you are shaped more by what you remove than by what you add: Imposed frugality is poverty, but spontaneous simplicity is freedom. Pragmatic minimalism is not about living in a tiny house with no possessions, but rather about learning about what you need, what you don’t, and knowing the difference.

So if you are not sure about where to start decluttering, just ask yourself: “What are some of the things I need to let go of in order to appreciate more what I have?”

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