Sunday, August 16, 2015

August Minimalism Challenge, Part 4

My attempt to complete every task in the Minimalism Challenge from Into Mind continues with these prompts. The goal is to build habits that support a more intentional life.


Journal for 20 minutes. I need to get back into journaling regularly, so I appreciate this challenge. I wrote about yoga and reflected on whether I want to teach again.

Identify 3-6 priorities. This prompt aligned with my desire to get back into writing in my journal. My priorities right now are:

1. Spending time with Graham
2. Keeping in touch with friends/family and growing new friendships in Chicago
3. Yoga, running and strength training
4. Paying off debt and building up our savings
5. Simplifying
6. Being more intentional in my actions

Follow a morning routine. I usually follow this routine: I wake up and immediately feed and water the dogs. I grab a water for myself. I then straighten up the apartment, because I like starting the day in a clean place. Then it's my time to get coffee and eat breakfast. My goal is to fit meditation in here, ideally right when I wake up. Before long it's time to get to work. Some days I'll try to make it to yoga or go to the grocery store, but that depends on what time I roll out of bed.

Identify stress triggers. My biggest stressor is lack of control, which I need to realize is OK. I get stressed when things don't go as planned or when something throws off my routine. That's why I need to practice yoga.

Previously accomplished:

Part 1: Unfollow and unfriend; streamline your reading list; turn off notifications; clean out your closet.

Part 2: Evaluate your last five purchases; learn to enjoy solitude; go for a walk and practice mindfulness; go bare-faced.

Part 3: Meditate for 15 minutes; no email or social media until lunch; let go of a goal; downsize your beauty collection.