I want to reach personal balance in most corners of my life. I want to reach a level at which I can say I own, do and produce enough.
I want to find the right balance between owning too much clutter and having a sterile life. I want to find the right tools, gadgets and products which help me create the best work I can, without them becoming burdens. I do not want to use something just for the sake of using it. I want to find out how this something can help me become a better human. An example: I really want an iPad mini with Touch ID. It’s a convenient thing, I use it multiple times per day on my iPhone 6. The thing is, though, that I don’t even use a passcode on my iPad. Sure, it would make purchases in the App Store faster but at the same time it enables impulse purchases. After all, I don’t have to open 1Password, type in my master password, copy the iTunes one and open the App Store page again.
Even though I want a new iPad mini I don’t need one. Same goes for a better microphone, a better camera, a car or also simple things like a new way to make coffee or even a new mug. These are things I want but not things I really need. I will get some of them as soon as I think they’ll help me produce better work or make me a happier person.
At the same time a minimalistic lifestyle does not mean living with less just for the sake of it. What I may consider minimal can be considered cluttered by some, sterile by others. It’s about finding the right personal balance.
It’s not only about possession though. It’s also about what I eat, how I live, what I think and how I work. I could always write more or edit something one more time. But I will never reach what I consider perfect. I have to learn to be happy with 90%. Most of the time what I call 90% may be close to 100% for most other people. I have high standards for the work I produce.
I want to be as productive as I can be without ignoring the things I love doing or having a social life. I could wake up every morning, make a coffee and start writing and only stop to have lunch or to go to bed. But I wouldn’t be happy this way. And even more important, I wouldn’t write anything meaningful. After all, a writer can only write about his life if he lives a life worth writing about.
So I am trying to reach personal balance. I will start writing about my thoughts, findings, research and ideas on this site. Maybe the documentation of my path can help other people.