Can Minimalism Help You As A Founder?
As a founder, you have a lot running in your little mind, yes “little”, because you’re crazy enough to be a founder in the first place. You’re like a kid, you believe everything is possible no mater how big it seems. But the difference between you and kids is that when kids focus on something, they forget about everything else, nothing else in the whole world is there to worry about. But you on the other hand, you carry so much on your shoulders and you can’t free your mind to focus on your dream project.
Think about that for a second. You’re occupied most of the time with things that don’t really matter, physical and digital clutter! Things that just add more commitments. As a result, you don’t find time to think or to be creative. You’re always running to buy more stuff, collect more items, meet more deadlines, or meet more people, or follow a routine that you don’t really like anymore!
As adults, we tend to carry more and more over years. It’s a habit that we develop as we grow up to fit in! We buy more clothes to change everyday just because this is what people expect us to do. We get a loan to buy a new car just because we like it, not because we really need it. We tend to buy so many things that we never use that much. We tend to waste so much time, money and effort on things that are not really among our top priorities.
We also tend to add more decisions to make in our daily routine! Yes, very small decisions, yet when they add up during the day, they take too much of our mental capacity. Things like what to wear, what to eat, or even what to comment on a Facebook post!
As Joshua Becker Author of Becoming Minimalist puts it: “Minimalism gives you more money, more mental capacity, more energy, more time, more freedom to pursue what is more important to us. Minimalism provides an opportunity to pursue our greatest passion”. For him, minimalism is not owning less than a 100 things or leaving the city to live in a farm. He defines Minimalism as the “Intentional promotion of the things we most value and the removal of everything that distract us from it”
Many successful people have become minimalists in their own ways. For example, some decided to buy multiple pieces of the same “signature outfit” they chose and just kept wearing it every single day. This includes Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg and even Barak Obama who said: “You’ll see I wear only gray or blue suits. I’m trying to pare down decisions. I don’t want to make decisions about what I’m eating or wearing. Because I have too many other decisions to make.”
Many also decided to be digital minimalists. This means they declutter apps, subscriptions, emails, notes, files, folders, photos, and many other things. And yes, they do have clean desktops! Decluttering reduces stress, saves time and money.
When you become a minimalist and clean your home, car, desktop, mobile, and cloud, you really feel different. You feel Free to do more! Minimalism allows you to direct your energy and resources to live new experiences as opposed to collecting or keeping items you don’t need.
If you’re interested to learn more about how to start in minimalism, read this great practical post on categorizing your “Things” into: Needs, Wants, Likes. In addition, listen to this audio recording for the leaders in minimalism: How Minimalism is Changing Entrepreneurship. They give practical advice on what to do on daily basis to be a minimalist entrepreneur, and how this will make you a better entrepreneur.
Next, think about how to apply minimalism in your startup culture, your product development and KPIs. It will help you eliminate all the noise and focus on what really matters!