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An Eco-minimalist Approach To Hobbies

An Eco-minimalist Approach To Hobbies


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Choose your hobbies wisely

Choose your hobbies wisely

Picking the right activities will prevent the clutter that comes from abandoned hobbies.

Explore interests that provide a sense of flow - a highly focused mental state. Seek a combination of solitary and social hobbies that will develop a range of cognitive, creative, and physical skills.


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Set specific goals for your leisure activities

Your goal could be to master a piece of music on guitar or make a chocolate soufflé.

We are more likely to stick with a hobby when the results are satisfying.


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Add recreation to your calendar

Chores and errands become more bearable when we have scheduled leisure time into the day.

A specific time for a yoga class or art journaling can brighten an entire day.



Invest time before money

If shopping for an outfit excites you more than the activity, it is probably not the right hobby for you.

Explore new interests with borrowed, rented, or secondhand supplies. It seldom makes sense to invest in new gear before you have made a long-term commitment to your hobby.



Your hobby should relax you

Recreation should not cause unnecessary stress.

Setting boundaries for your time, materials, and budget will increase creativity and focus.



Donate and share materials

Share durable supplies that you only use occasionally, such as woodworking tools.

Admit when you've outgrown a hobby. Donate or sell excess gear that may otherwise create clutter.




Minimalism And Self-Betterment

Practical minimalism goes beyond aesthetics to foster self-betterment. Ultimately, seeking minimalism is a process of value clarification, editing out the unnecessary, and refining.

Identify Your Values

By identifying your core values you become more aware of what pursuits are worth your resources and can better employ them. There will be necessary tasks that don’t align with your core values, but you still have tremendous freedom to make your choices matter.

Prioritize Your Projects

Prioritizing lets you better choose the content you consume and the opportunities you seek so you can foster your core values more effectively.

Once you start pursuing productivity, efficiency-killers like TV, social media, and mindless consumption are likely to be the first to go.

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The Distraction of Digital Technology

Email, chat apps, social media, and other tools can be just as productive as they can be distracting. How do we get the most out of the good parts of technology while protecting ourselves from...

How technology became so exhausting

We spend all day staring at screens, read books on Kindles or iPads, and come home to relax by watching a movie or TV.

Digital technologies lump together the good with the bad.

Digital minimalism defined

As Cal Newport defines it, Digital minimalism is:

“A philosophy of technology use in which you focus your online time on a small number of carefully selected and optimized activities that strongly support things you value, and then happily miss out on everything else.”

The Seven Pillars of Wellness:

  1. Spiritual Wellness
  2. Physical Wellness
  3. Financial Wellness
  4. Emotional Wellness
  5. Intellectual Wellness
  6. Environmental Wellness
  7. Social Wellness

Spiritual Wellness and Minimalism

Spiritual wellness is not about any specific faith, but about fostering a sense of inner peace and harmony, while conducting activities that supports one's beliefs and values.

Minimalism, at its core, is about alignment with our core values, while removing distractions. Minimalism contributes significantly to spiritual wellness by directing our finite resources of time, money and energy towards the things that matter to us the most.

Minimalism and Physical Wellness

Physical wellness is about developing healthy habits and minimizing any risky behaviors, which can affect our well-being.

Minimalism encourages physical wellness by making healthier eating choices, avoiding any unnecessary eating, focusing on an active lifestyle, and removing physical clutter from our surroundings.