Many of you are going to look at the title of this post and wonder what one thing has to do with the other. On one hand, I have to work quickly and produce large volumes of content in order to make rent. On the other, I want to keep things easy and clear out things I don’t need. So let’s look at lo-fi writing as a simple living minimalist.
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Fewer Distractions Equals Greater Productivity
This is the obvious one. Fewer distractions leads to an increase in productivity. Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi came out all the way back in 2008. Deep Work by Cal Newport is already four years old at the time I’m writing this. This is an established concept backed up be research.
Simple living minimalism means that I have less visual clutter in my work space. I keep my phone across the room, and notifications are turned off. As I’ve stated many times, if I could shut off the router when I’m working I would. I have to settle for airplane mode on my laptop, because Katie needs internet access. There are fewer commitments made on my time, so there are fewer interruptions.
Efficient Living Equals More Time to Write
Living in a smaller space with fewer things to care for leaves me with more time to write. This is especially important because I work from home. I don’t have a commute, which saves time, but I also have to look at things around the apartment that need to be done. My desk is in the kitchen; I’m keenly aware when there are dishes to be done. I know when the vacuum needs to be run.
Because things are set up to be low-maintenance, they don’t distract from work. There are never too many dishes. The shelves are never egregiously dusty. I don’t feel guilt that I’m doing one thing, but feel I need to address something else. Having a schedule for routine chores helps, too. I know that work time isn’t cleaning time.
Simplicity Included Refining Writing Processes
The same ideals that I apply to living are also useful in refining my writing process. Which tasks are actually essential? What tasks are simply filler to create the illusion of productivity? Decades of the 40-hour work week train us to always look busy, in order to justify that paycheck.
I’m always looking for faster and more efficient ways to do things. How can I outline things better, to make the writing go smoother? Are there tasks that can be batched, so I can knock them all out in one flow state? What can be done weekly, or monthly, are as-needed? How can I set up my production calendar and my bullet journal so that I’m always focused on the highest priority project?
What Problem Am I Solving For?
This is the bottom line. I own cookware that I use. There aren’t cabinets filled with gadgets that I own simply to say I own them, or because they’re the current fad. I work on projects that are creatively fulfilling and have the potential to earn money. It’s always about knowing the problem you’re solving for, and getting to the solution in the best way possible.
Lo-Fi Writing as a Simple Living Minimalist
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About Berin Kinsman
Berin Kinsman is a writer, simple living minimalist, and spoonie. By day he works as the owner/publisher at Dancing Lights Press. An American by accident of birth, he currently lives in Finland with his wife, artist Katie Kinsman.