Minimalist Kid: Aydil Khair

Settling into the idea of having only the essentials.

Few days ago, I was using my iPhone 7+ in the bus while commuting back to my home after finishing school. Right after reading a few Medium articles here and there and reading A Mind For Numbers by Dr. Barbara Oakley, I decided to randomly scroll through my home page out of plain boredom.

Turns out, I had tons of apps lying on my home page. Really, it was so densely collected with apps that sometimes, I find it tedious to search for that single app that I needed to use. I decided to make a clean up of my home page and delete apps that:

  • were too large in size.
  • are rarely used and accessed.
  • are installed for the sake of completing surveys, helping my friends get their discount codes or completing TapJoy challenges so that I could get that extra credit for my Online Soccer Manager game.

After deleting the respective apps, I was so surprised that more than half of the apps residing in my home screen were deleted. All these while, out of like 50 apps, I’ve only been accessing maybe 10–15 apps for my daily usage.

This made me think for a bit.

“Why would I want to install so many apps when I only use a fraction of em’?”

That’s it. That’s when I started thinking about having less apps actually helps me to get more things done and save space for important things on my phone. And this does not only apply to my phone — it also helps to apply the same concept in my life too.

Less Is More

Yes I get it. There are a lot of articles out there on the Internet talking about minimalism and this is just another typical article written about it. But hang on — this isn’t an article on “How to be a minimalist” or “Clutter-free life by Aydil Khair”. No. It’s just based on my personal experience and how it has benefited me in the long run, and maybe you could have some key takeaways from this article and apply it in your own life. Who knows it might benefit you for the long distance game too?

There are countless of situations in my daily life that I found having less of something actually benefits me more and allows me to do more things. Some examples of the situations would be:

  • Packing less items to travel — able to go to more places with a lighter load.
  • Having 3 team members instead of 5 in a group project so that communication and teamwork is more manageable — get things done faster and more quality work done.
  • Setting a time constraint for my doing my work within an hour instead of 3 — pressured to focus on my sh*t and get my stuff done faster, resulting in a quality work as compared to having my focus half-pregnant on 3 and not producing any quality ones.
  • Decision Fatigue — Too many choices, lesser chances of execution and sticking to one thing.
  • Less friends — less bullshit, more quality time spent and less time over thinking on making others happy.

These things make me realize that, sometimes I don’t need to have the most number of things in order to win most of the competitive situations in my life. Quality is much better than quantity — only if you know how to use it right.

The Zen Spring Cleaning of AidilAdha

So apparently my mum asked me to clean my room for AidilAdha preparations since it was in a complete mess.

While trying to clean my shelves and my TV area, I find that most of the things I stored on my shelf are not even used. Like literally 90% of the items are no longer needed or important.

The clutter-free environment after executing on my spring cleaning for AidilAdha feels so nice. It makes me believe the idea of having less is more — less space taken, more space saved and cleaner environments, resulting in happier vibes in the room.

I’m not saying having more things are bad. Things like having a collection of comic books or cars isn’t bad. But you gotta know what type of “more” are you looking for. If more of the “things” you are pondering about makes you less unhappy (like for example: junk trash and heavy load in your backpack), then it’s much better to simmer down on those “things” and increase the number in other areas (your level of satisfaction, getting to travel more distances with lighter backpacks, less stress and substantial freedom, etc.).

I guess that’s why the Japanese people love Zen Culture so much. They believe that simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. And that’s legit true.

Imagine if you have too many rocks on a river. You won’t let the water flow perfectly.

Try removing those rocks and leave only one rock behind. Most probably the water will flow just nice — increasing the level of satisfaction, tranquility and happiness to whoever that’s there to relax near the river.

I’ll continue to apply this concept of having less is more in the areas of my life. Well for the most part of it. Save time, save space and save energy.

Lesser things, lesser sh*t happens.