One reason why I became a minimalist is to let go of things that are not fulfilling to make space for things that are. I realized that I was consuming too much content not only on tv, but also through podcasts, YouTube channels, and social media in general! So I’ve decided to take a minimalist approach to consumption in order to fill my life with things that add value.
I go through spurts of not watching television as much, but instead listening to podcasts more. Lately, I’ve decided to stop watching so much television. I have about four shows that I watch on a weekly basis, but other than that I let everything else go. I was watching about twenty at once (which, to me) is way too much. It was taking up valuable time from my blog, reading, and studying for a higher degree. So I knew that letting go of television would give me space for it.
minimalism has taught me to consume less:
1 | by focusing on what truly matters
It’s so easy to get caught up in the daily activities of life and just go through the motions. Instead of truly focusing on what you care about and what matters. When I started decluttering my digital life and looking at who I follow on Instagram. I realized that I was just following people just because and not caring about consuming their content. I’m a content creator as well and I want my followers to be interested in what I’m putting out. Since I wasn’t in their content, I decided to no longer follow them.
Once you start focusing on what truly matters you’ll be able to let go of everything that is not necessary and essential in your life. Trust me – it’s hard, but in the end it’s so worth it!
2 | by finding what actually brings value to my life
I love podcasts. I think everyone I come into contact with knows this. There are so many podcasts to listen too. Some will make you laugh, some will tell you a story, and others will add value to your life, or business.
I’ve written two posts on podcasts: one last year and one this year. I hope to write another installment next year too. But a lot of those podcasts I’ve mentioned I don’t listen to at all anymore. They were perfect for adding value to the season of life that I was in, but now they no longer do, which is okay! It’s okay to let go of things that don’t add value to your life to allow things that do in. What you determines adds value to your life either digitally, or audibly is your decision. What you consume is all your choice!
3 | by changing how i view consumption
I used to look at consumption as a means to an end. Like, we all have to use beauty products and be on social media. So I might as well consume everything I can in order to learn to be the best, know the most, etc. However, I realized that I shouldn’t consume content just because, but I should because I enjoy it!
I love beauty products, especially body care and skincare more than makeup. I mean, if you read my posts on beauty that’s where they’re centered. It’s because I enjoy taking care of my skin and using products that are clean since I’ve educated myself on the toxicity of products. However, I have more of an 80/20 approach, but I won’t get into that now.
I’ve also taken a different approach when it comes to social media. I don’t want to be on social media just because I have a blog. Instead, I want to be on social media because I enjoy it. I enjoy connecting with y’all more than through my blog posts. The authenticity and community that social media brings is what I enjoy most!
4 | by realizing that consumption goes beyond the digital realm
Consumption can be seen as beauty products, food, or social media. You can edit what you want to adhere to and what you don’t. Since I’ve looked at all aspects of consumption in my life I’ve realized that I want to live an even simpler, but sustainable lifestyle. I’m becoming even more intentional when it comes to what I consume beauty wise. I’ve made this decision for myself because there is always an ad trying to sell us something. Trust me, I don’t think that there is anything wrong with making purchases. We all need stuff to live, but we don’t need to purchase things just because we saw it in an ad.
Once you start evaluating what you consume in general and you’ll notice that you can simplify that aspect. Digital consumption is a great place to start minimizing. Especially if you’re beginning to develop negative habits. I’ve noticed some in myself, which is one reason why I’ve decided to lessen my consumption. Because if you’re noticing yourself become jealous because you wish you had all of the things someone else has on Instagram. Instead of living in negativity why not unfollow that account and listen to a podcast on positive thinking? You’ll be amazed at what little changes like this can make.
5 | dealing with FOMO (fear of missing out)
When I started lessening my consumption I looked at every aspect of my life. TV shows, social media outlets, products, purchases, and more. I began by deleting apps that I wasn’t using on my phone. Then, I started unsubscribing from YouTubers that were only talking about purchasing items that I wasn’t interested in. However, I noticed that I would constantly go back to watch their videos. I never enjoyed watching them, but since I was subscribed for so long I felt like i had too.
Then I realized, I don’t have to do anything that I don’t want to do. I don’t care about the hottest trends, or buying a lipstick color that was too light for me. Neutral colors, stripes, and plain tees are a few things that I love. So I came to the conclusion that I was afraid that I may miss out on something. But then I remember this: we can’t consume everything. Because if we do we’ll drive ourselves crazy. We’re always going to miss out on something so it’s better to focus on what you care about instead of trying to consume it all.
in what ways do you consume less in your life?