Can Minimalism Help You Control Destructive Habits

The idea that one could have everything is appealing. However, having it all creates destructive habits for your wallet, your lifestyle, and your mind. Here is how minimalism can help you control your destructive habits.

Everybody remembers Freddie Mercury singing:

I want it all, I want it now.

And somehow, there is a part in each of us that joins in and sing with Freddie and wishes we could live it all like it all. Here’s to the future, as Queen sang, hear the cry of youth. Whether you were a fan of Queen or not, there is an energy that is impossible to ignore in the song. The idea that one could have everything they want all the time is, naturally, appealing. However, having it all, as it happens, creates destructive habits for your wallet, your lifestyle and your mind.

Can Minimalism Help You Control Destructive Habits

Don’t Let The Spending Habits Crush You

When every month new fashion and tech items come to the market, it can be difficult not to fall for their marketing traps. Indeed, regardless of your attitude to possessions, it’s easy to see how people could start to be defined by what they own. That’s precisely what opposes Android phone owners and iPhone owners; as each perceives that they represent a different social vision. In the long term, more and more young and influenceable adults choose to buy their way into a community, using tech gadgets, fashion accessories and even lifestyle memberships. However, the race for the latest item can only facilitate debts and self-esteem issues. If you’re trying to cut down on expenses, you might want to get in touch with professional credit repair experts http://repair.credit/best-credit-repair-companies/ who can help you with your budget prioritization. Additionally, you need to learn to invest in timeless over seasonal items.

Can Minimalism Help You Control Destructive Habits

No More Distractions: Get Things Done

Quantity creates not only diversity but also confusion. There’s a reason why multitasking is never a good idea contrary to what you think: it’s because it affects your productivity and the overall quality of your work. Focusing your attention on less makes your lifestyle a lot more manageable. Where do you start? You can train yourself to keep your priorities organized in a bullet journal, for instance. Bullet journals are indeed hugely helpful to sort out what matters from all the things that don’t. They also keep you on your toes as you can track appointments, projects, and achievements.

Can Minimalism Help You Control Destructive Habits

Clear Your Mind From Unnecessary Worries

Can you think clearly? It might seem like an odd question, but when the room and the wardrobe are filled with stuff you don’t need, it occupies your mind, as this brilliant insight into a man’s interior debate shows https://medium.com/. If every morning you are wasting a lot of time to choose your outfit, ultimately it’s less time to think and develop your self as a person. Why not reduce your choice to a minimum, following Zuckerberg’s or Jobs’s example, and keep a tidy and simple wardrobe? Aside from freeing money, having less brings new freedom of mind. You can worry less and consequently be more creative and productive.

At the end of the day, less is more, assuming that you ensure you still have everything you need. Of course, you want to save yourself time, money and worries, but minimalism is not depriving yourself of all comfort. It’s about creating a new sense of mental and financial comfort in your life. Live life to the fullest with less.

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40+ Minimal Bujo Instagrammers You Need To Follow

Minimalistic bullet journal layouts are of my favorite types of layouts to look at. I always find myself browsing minimal bullet journal hashtags on Instagram. Because I love these layouts so much, I thought that it would be great to share some of my favorite minimalist bullet journal accounts so that you can join me in browsing! Here are 40 must-follow minimalist bullet journal Instagram accounts!

Natalie | @pages2plans

Pages2Plans is a great account featuring beautiful minimal spreads as well as beautiful stationery.

Becky | @painted_illustrated

What I love about @painted_illustrated is how unique her notebook is. While most bullet journalers use white dot paper, Becky’s notebook has brown pages, and she rocks them!

Cristina| my.life.in.a.bullet

I love the neutral aesthetic of @my.life.in.a.bullet. Additionally, the way she decorates her images complement her incredibly gorgeous minimal layouts perfectly.

Kim | @tinyrayofsunshine

@tinyrayofsunshine is another account with gorgeous close-ups of her minimalistic bullet journal as well as stationery and bullet journaling tools!

Marie | @journalspiration

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[Werbung/Advertisement] ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Scroll down for your desired language. 😌 (click on the picture for any product details) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🇩🇪 Hallo ihr Lieben, Kurz vorweg: die Schablonen sind endlich im Shop! Einfach auf das Bild klicken und dann kommt auch schon der Link. )Aber seid schnell, es gibt nicht so viele. 🙊 Hier war es die letzten Tage etwas stiller, da diese Woche ordentlich was los war. Die Buchabgabe ist im vollen Gange und dementsprechend hätte ich nicht all zu viel Freizeit, was man an meinem wöchentlichen Layout erkennen kann. 😊 Falls ihr mehr über das bullet journal Buch wissen wollt, könnt ihr gerne auf den Link in meinem Profil klicken. 🤗 Ich habe mich gegen ein dutch door layout und für eine deutlich schnellere Variante entschieden. Trotzdem hat sie alles was ich brauche, da ich diese Woche grundsätzlich nur eine große Aufgabe hatte: schreiben, schreiben, schreiben. Auf der linken Seite habe ich weiterhin meinen habit tracker und die to dos für nächste Woche. Das Thema hat es mir nach wie vor angetan. Ich liebe es! 😍 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🇺🇸 Hey Guys, first things first: the stencil ist finally listed in my Etsy shop! Just click on the picture to get the link. But be quick, there aren’t too many 🙊 it has been a bit quiet over here for the last couple of days since I had a lot to do. The deadline for my book is coming really close so I haven’t had a lot of free time as you can see. 😊 I decided to not do a Dutch door layout this week. Instead I created this super quick layout. Without the decoration it would be possible to set it up within half an hour max! It has everything I need since I didn’t have a lot to dos for the week, there was only one: write, write, write. On the left page is enough space for my habit tracker and a section for all the to dos for the upcoming week. I still absolutely love this theme, I can’t get enough! 😍 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Lots of love, x Marie

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The bold yet minimal layouts posted over on @journalspiration are jaw-dropping. I love them because they are simple yet oh-so-bold, you can’t help but stare.

Gigi | @the.bullet.journey

Who doesn’t love a marble background! The marble behind @the.bullet.journey’s bullet journal helps to show off GiGi’s beautiful handlettering and creative minimal layouts!

@simplyproductivity (previously @minimalisticbujo)

@simplyproductive share other layouts (giving the creators credit of course). Their feed allows me to find other minimal accounts that I love, they nearly always post something I love!

Maren | @pureplanning_bymj

What I love about @purplanning_bymj’s feed is the gentle aesthetic it gives off. Further, this aesthetic on Maren’s feed is calming and beautifully minimal.

Liz | @bonjournal_

Liz of @bonjournal_ is such an incredible artist! She rocks natural and floral drawings and shows off how she creates her flowers through her bullet journal. In addition to her beautiful artistry, she shows off her minimalistic planning layouts!

Ursala | @honeyrozes

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A Razorpoint II #pilotpen + 003 #micronpen + @taroko_shop #breeze notebook + inspiration & motivation = a revised intention spread for August. . I added a couple things to the spread this time around: 1) a calendar for the month to encourage the actual execution of certain intents, and 2) using both a regular non-actionable bullet as well as an empty circular “check box”, adding the ability to include items that are reoccurring and/or ideas/meditations. In the past I’d get frustrated when I wouldn’t fulfill an intent that was reoccurring because I’d miss out on a few days or weeks, which wouldn’t give me the chance to tick of checkboxes honestly. So… I’m trying the little “>” bullet. . Last week @ahia.kaeser shared her #bulletjournal with me, which inspired me to get back to paper. I love my iPad and all that #todoist, #trello and #toggl do for me, but I’m re-admitting that paper works for me psychologically and will be re-attempting to return to a hybrid system this coming month. . And, fastest sea glass manicure in the world thanks to #colorstreetnails nail strips. All about efficiency (and buying happiness)!!! . #bujo #bujoinspiration #minimalistbujo #bujominimalist #bujoideas #bujotracker #level10 #intentions #visionboard #planning #plannernerd #plannercommunity #planneraddict #motivation #inspiration #entrepreneur #entrepreneurlife #penandink #journal #journaling #showmeyourbulletjournal

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Ursala of @honeyrozes has such a unique and gorgeous account. Not only does she post really eye-catching photos of her journal, but, she also posts beautiful photography of her life and work!

@lazy.bujo

@lazy.bujo’s handwriting is phenomenal and so incredible follow-worthy. Further, the clean and crisp feel of her bullet journal pages are to die for!

Jennifer | @inkbyjeng

@inkbyjeng is one of those accounts that I have been following since the beginning. She posts beautiful bullet journal art and stationery. She is a must-follow for sure!

Claire | @minimal.plan

@minimal.plan is a classic for my feed; I have been following her for ages. Again, I love the crispness of her photos and bullet journal.

Austin | @minimaljournal

@minimaljournal is an account I found more recently, and I am obsessed! Austin’s journal is incredibly minimal, no fluff, and I love it! So, you have to follow this account!

Dara | @gothamhaus

How cool is @gothamhaus’s bullet journal! Dara uses a less common notebook which is taller than normal. I love seeing these unique and simple layouts!

@bulletjournal.j

@bulletjournal.j’s journal features gorgeous art and watercolor while remaining simple and bold. It’s a magical combination!

Sus | @susiebjournal

@susiebjournal’s feed is full of simple yet intricately designed layouts. Further, I find myself staring into the simple details of these layouts!

@wireandmagic

I love @wireandmagic’s Instagram feed because the feed itself is simple, not only just the layouts. Nothing is super chaotic or overwhelming, just simple and easy to look at.

Stina | @shilen.qc

You know me, I love a good bold yet minimal bullet journal layout. Stina’s layouts are almost mechanical. Further, it’s a new refreshing feel to a minimal aesthetic.

Lisa | @plannersimplicity

Lisa of @plannersimplicity posts on all things related to bullet journaling. Her layouts are what drive me to the feed, they are created so simplistically!

Laura | @bujo.auslife

@bujo.auslife’s feed is gorgeous because Laura posts beautiful, simple layouts. Additionally, she was posting them over gorgeous dark wood and now posts them over a bold background. You will love this account!

@bujo.nik

@bujo.nik’s journal is simple with a splash of art or color. What makes her feed stand out is she incorporates art and color without being too overwhelming or chaotic. So, you simply must follow her!

Steph | @eskastationery

I love @eskastationery’s feed! Steph’s bullet journal is stunning. Further, she accentuates it with a bold, chaotic, and relatable setting.

@thebujo

@thebujo is another of many gorgeous minimal Instagram feeds, I highly recommend checking out this calming feed!

Steff | @sosteffso

Steff of @sosteffso’s bullet journal layout is beautiful and bold. Truly, I love her use of sticky notes to keep it simple!

@bluepapertrail

Like all the other accounts here, @bluepapertrail has beautiful minimal layouts. However, I think my favorites are her recent mental health layouts!

Ji | @mnmlyuu

@mnmlyuu’s feed is one of my favorites because of how bold it is. The layouts are gorgeous, and made even more beautiful by the back background that allows the white space to pop! These layouts are a must-see!

Annie | @ajournalbyannie

@ajournalbyannie is another account that does amazing flowers! Annie not only incorporates these flowers into her layouts but she creates journal entries that show a step by step flower, AND she keeps in minimal, how awesome!

Olivia | @flyingpaperwords

@flyingpaperwords’ handlettering is phenomenal and really note-worthy. Additionally, she uses her perfect hand lettering to accentuate her bold yet minimal bullet journal spreads.

@my_simple_bujo

What makes @my_simple_bujo so unique is her beautiful hand-calligraphy. Lately, she has been outlining her lettering and pairing it with super minimal layouts. Thus, it looks clean and crisp!

Mariana | @bujototheminimal

Do you not LOVE clean linework!? Well, Mariana of @bujototheminimal has some of the most well-done linework in her layouts that I have ever seen. So, you have to check her out!

Karen | @kareninks

@kareninks’ layouts are super geometric and clean, this is such an amazing combination to look at!

Maureen | @reenshayjournals

Maureen of @reenshayjournals’ planner is one of those with flawless linework and lettering, it is a must-follow!

Amy & Swu | @ramen___doodles

Gotta love a creative and artistic minimal layout! Further, @ramen___doodles does an amazing job of doing this!

Sara | @thatbujokid

Sara of @thatbujokid has such an inspirational feed. She posts all sorts of minimal layouts; and they never seem to be the same, a must-follow!

Kat | @booksofnotes

@booksofnotes has recently switched to an A6 size notebook and she is killing it! Check out Kat’s bomb minimal A6 sized layouts!

Cindy | @plananotherday

I love the way Cindy of @plananotherday throws some color and art into her layouts!

Nele | @lijstjesliefde

Any fellow plant lovers? Well, @lijstejesliefde posts sneak peeks of here plants with her gorgeous journal! You know I love a good minimal bujo paired with a beautiful houseplant!

@planner.cat

It’s not often you see spiral bullet journals! So, you’ll love what @planner.cat has been doing with hers!

Elizabeth (Me) | @jihielephant

I chose to include myself here are the end because I also post minimal layouts. While I do not follow myself nor browse my account, I think that if you appreciate any of the aforementioned accounts, you will enjoy mine as well!

Who are your favorite Bullet Journal Instagrammers? Let us know in the comments below!

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How to Organize and Decorate a Minimal Home Office

If you’ve decided you want to start the move towards a more minimalistic and organized lifestyle, a good place to start is in the home. For those who do a lot of work or projects in the home, a great place to start is in the home office. A home office is a place that needs to be an environment where you feel relaxed and productive (or if you’re me, it sometimes turns into a place of clutter…oops!). Anyone who has ever dealt with a cluttered home office knows it’s almost impossible to feel relaxed and productive when you’re working in a cluttered space. The accumulation of “stuff” can leave you feeling like you’re drowning in post-it notes. So how do you achieve this organized yet appealing minimal home office space? Read on below to find out!

Step One: Decide Purpose

Think about your main goal for the space. Different types of jobs may require different furniture, and only you know what the goal of your home office is. Do you just need a desk and computer? Do you need a craft table? Do you need extra chairs? Think through what you will actually use the space for, and make sure you keep it that way. This will also help you keep clutter or extra furniture and decorations out to maintain the minimalistic look. Stick with the basics, and only the necessary items and décor.

Step Two: Establish a Workspace

The workspace should be the most important focus of a minimal home office. Try and find a desk with extra drawers and storage, that way you can put extra things in the drawers rather than on top of the desk. Desk organizers can also help, as well as possibly trying to go paperless. You will also want to find a simple but comfortable chair, so be sure to browse around for one that matches your color scheme as well as makes you actually want to work. Sometimes minimal designs of chairs tend to be “too” modern and consist of sleek and plastic materials with a little cushion. Opt for something that falls in between, because who wants to work in an uncomfortable chair!? Find your workspace cluttered? Learn how to declutter your desk!

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Step Three: Decorate

Now that you’ve established the basics, the fun begins. Decorating a minimal home office should reflect your personal style while still keeping a simple and organized look. Perhaps you may add in pops of color, or you would rather keep it neutral. Whatever your look is, some decorations that shouldn’t be overlooked are area rugs, a lamp, and some simple desk decorations. Some ideas for tabletop décor can include unique paperweights, cups for writing utensils, small plants, and photos in frames. Wall decorations could include a mirror, a geometric wall hanging, or a bulletin board to post inspiration and ideas for your work. Framed prints are a great way to add color and variety to brighten up space and make it inviting.

Overall, the ultimate goal in this space is making sure the space is somewhere that relaxes you and helps you feel productive and at ease.

Now, time to get to work!

This post was written in collaboration. Collaborative writing means that while I have contributed to this post and edited its content and formatting, I am not its original author. By posting this content on my blog, I receive financial compensation. Want to guest post for Jihi Elephant? Learn more here



What is the Minimalist 50:20:30 Budget System (and how to use it)

The 50:20:30 Budget is gaining popularity, particularly among minimalist populations. This budget helps you break down your goal spending into 3 categories making it easier to keep to your budget than a budget which is broken down into 5 or more groups. Keep reading to learn more about the 50:20:30 budget and how to use it!

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What is the 50:20:30 Budget?

The 50:20:30 budget is a simplified budget utilizing 3 categories: essentials, savings, and personal. I have been using this strategy on and off since I graduated high school and it has been the most effective budget strategy I have used yet! It is not only easy to use and simple but encompasses all possible spending without much categorical overlap to worry about. There are no excuses.

50 | Essential Spending

The first rule or spending category is essential spending. This category refers to your bills and any other expenditures that cannot be avoided and occurs regularly. This might include topics such as housing, utilities, groceries, transportation, insurance, electricity, internet, phone bill, etc. These bills do not include pleasure subscriptions, or anything extravagant and unnecessary. Remember that your essential spending is half of your income, so spend it wisely!

20 | Savings

The second budget rule is that 20% of your income is to be saved. This might include a savings account, emergency fund, retirement fund, or it might go toward paying off debt. Building up a savings is incredibly essential in case of emergencies, debt issues, retirement, etc. I can personally attest that my savings have saved me, financially, on several occasions! If you aren’t currently saving money regularly, open a savings account and get started today!

30 | Personal Spending

The final rule of 50:20:30 budgeting is that you get to spend 30% on anything else. This includes all recreational or entertainment purchases. This money can be set aside to go on vacation; it can also include clothing, hobbies, home decorating, gym membership, recreational, and entertainment expenditures. Here is where you can go crazy (so long as you remain within your budget) because this category is all you. Whatever your heart desires, this is the part of your budget you utilize to get it. Be responsible, but so long as you remain within 30%, you’re golden!

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How do I use the 50:20:30 Budget?

What makes the 50:20:30 budget so successful is the fact that it is minimal and simple. It’s easy to remember the rules, and it’s easier to keep track of, regardless of how you track your spending. My favorite way to track my spending is through Mint. Mint connects to all of my accounts, allows me to set my budget, savings goals, and even pay my bills. I highly recommend checking out Mint, its free!

Another great way to use this budget is to keep an excel spreadsheet of your spending or keep a written record in your planner or journal. Just knowing what the budget is, is not enough, you must now track your spending and be sure to adhere to the budgeting rules.

Get started on your budget, I’d love to hear how well it works for you!

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