Sort through your inbox until it reaches zero| Minimalism Series

There’s nothing like that feeling of accomplishment after cleaning all of your e-mails and reaching zero on your inbox!

It’s important to have a cleared inbox for several reasons.

  • It makes it easier to be on top of any important tasks.
  • It allows you to reply to coming e-mails straight away without being distracted by old ones.
  • It saves you time when you need to find a specific e-mail on your inbox.

 

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I clean my personal and work e-mail inboxes each morning. It makes me plan the rest of the day better because I know exactly what will be my tasks for that day.

By cleaning my e-mails in the morning I can also make sure that any coming e-mails during the day are replied quicker.

If you’ve never reached zero on your inbox, my advice is to start setting aside 20 minutes a day to start cleaning these up.

While you’re cleaning your inbox make sure you:

  • unsubscribe from unnecessary email marketing. This will also help fight that temptation to spend money on things that you don’t really need.
  • create folders to organise your e-mails. This means the e-mail will leave your inbox but if you need to access it later you’ll be able to find it in a folder.

I notice that this simple habit turned me into a more productive person and I’ve been having compliments on how quickly and effectively I reply to e-mails at work. So I hope my tips will help you improve your performance too.

If you have any other tips please leave them in a comment below.

I’ve been writing separate posts about my minimalism challenge experiences, so make sure you’re following the blog or any of my social media channels to not miss out on these!

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Empty your handbag | Minimalism Series

Handbags make it so easy to collect stuff that it started being the cause of a lot of back pains. And we’re all aware that a big part of what we have inside our handbags is not even necessary, but we never actually take the time to decluter it. Let’s change that!

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First, tip your handbag upside down and watch the dust and debris shower down. Keep in mind that the less you have in there, the less you will have to carry around and the less tired you’ll be.

Get rid of:

  • receipts,
  • sticky notes,
  • loyalty cards that you never use,
  • multiple items like pens and lip balms for example.

Keep at home/office:

  • Anything that you don’t need on that day,
  • Small bags that you use inside your handbag,
  • things that you don’t really need to be carrying all day because you will only need it for a specific time of the day, where you are at the office for example. Leave it there instead.

Start:

  • using self-service tills so you can use all your coins to pay and not carry so much weight;
  • not bringing so many receipts home. Either ask for no receipt, opt for e-mail receipts or recycle it when you don’t need it anymore.
  • taking advantage of all the apps on your smartphone, such as calendar, calculator, notes, lists, etc, and get rid of paper.

I used to be one of those people who would carry plenty of bags to work. My main handbag, my gym bag, my lunch bag, my change-of-shoes bag… and it did not only made it easier to forget things but any trip to work would be stressful, especially when taking the underground during peak times or find a seat on the train where I could fit all my stuff.

I’m very proud to say that I only carry a handbag today, where I can fit all the essentials and I never miss anything. It gives me peace of mind and any journey to work became much more practical.

If you have any other tips to decluter your handbag please leave them in a comment below.

I’ve been writing separate posts about my minimalism challenge experiences, so make sure you’re following the blog or any of my social media channels to not miss out on these!

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Reasons to start cycling today

If you haven’t yet discovered the wonders of cycling, you are about to, after reading this post. Either you’re a minimalist, Eco friendly, or whatever you like to label yourself, owning a bike and actually use it, is great in so many levels. Here are a few reasons why you should get a bike, now.

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1. Exercise. I’ve decided to quit the gym since May. Most of the times it just made me feel guilty for not having time to go there. But you know what I have time to do? To cycle! Because I do it to go to work every day! Cycling burns an enormous amount of calories, and takes you places whilst you’re doing it.

2. Green. Bikes don’t release toxic gases. And they don’t take that much energy to make and transport. They run on good old clean human energy and extra calories!

3. Takes up less space. Bikes can fit in doorways, in the front garden, in alleyways, and in sheds. They can be parked on lamp posts, fences and railings. They’re great for city dwellers, studio flats, apartments, not to mention Minimalists!

4. Easier to maintain. Bike pieces are cheap and a lot of bike shops will help you out for free if you buy the parts from them.

5. Faster. One of the things I’ve been enjoying the most since I’ve got my bike is look at people stuck in a traffic jam and me still being able to cycle all the way through.

6. Quieter. There’s nothing more Zen than the silence of a bike, maybe my house on Sunday mornings when everyone is asleep, but not the point. Imagine the morning rush with no horns or beeps, engine hums and roars or people venting their road rage. Just a few cyclist’s bell things and the quiet clicks of the pedals running.

And these are just a few reasons why I’ve decided to get a bike. If you have more, please share on the comments below!

If you’re curious to know which bike I got head to my Instagram where I’ve been sharing a few pictures!

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