“Learning without doing is wasted.” — Derek Sivers
Sloww just recently crossed the 100-post mark. Cue: celebratory music!
As the sun sets on the year, it’s a good reminder to pause—take a look in the rear-view mirror and reflect.
This post is intended to be a jumping off point for you. A sort of choose-your-own-adventure post. Instead of viewing the archives page, this post has links to almost all of the current posts on the site in a more organized fashion. I hope you find a few things that will help you start 2019 in a slow, simple way!
Top 5 Most Viewed Posts of 2018:
- 10 Life Hacks from “Essentialism” (Book Summary)
- “Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life” (Book Summary)
- The Meaning of Existential Crisis & 7 Ways to Navigate It
- Slow Living 301: How to Start a Slow Living Lifestyle
- Slow Living 101: What is Slow Living?
A “Short” Summary of Everything I Learned in 2018 from Sloww’s First 100 Posts
On Busyness & Slow Living:
- There are several root causes of busyness.
- We actually have more free time than in the past.
- Most of the time, busyness is a feeling, and managing your mental bandwidth can help.
- Research shows busyness is a current status symbol, but busyness won’t last forever.
- Distinguish between a busy life and full life. You can see more when you slow down.
- Slow living (also known as intentional/conscious/purposeful living) is branching into other slow areas like slow travel (we tried it) and slow fashion.
- A big part of slow living is your state of mind (or consciousness). Practice mindfulness moments, meditation, leaving space/margin in your day, and mealtime mindfulness. Give yourself permission to slow down.
- Daily naps and getting outside are great for your health.
- Timing matters—we all know “how-to” books, but have you ever heard of a “when-to” book?
- Take your time—there’s no quick fix and you can’t do all the life hacks.
- It’s the journey of a lifetime, but you only get 24 hours / one day at a time.
- Get inspiration from the slow and simple living communities online.
On Decluttering, Minimalism, & Simple Living:
- I knew nothing about decluttering so I gave myself a decluttering crash course.
- Marie Kondo gets my vote as the best way to declutter. Here’s a KonMari Method cheat sheet.
- Another option is to follow a room-by-room guide.
- There are different types of minimalism, including: rational minimalism and radical minimalism.
- The minimalism aesthetic is a trend—go for the minimalist lifestyle.
- I stopped buying clothes, and it kept going, and going all the way to a full buy nothing year).
- I worked for a denim brand, but now I’m a jeans minimalist.
- Already a minimalist? Great! Use that as momentum into slow and simple living.
- Digital minimalism is even a thing now: see how I did digital decluttering on my phone screen.
- Who are the Joneses from the phrase “keeping up with the Joneses,” anyway? Although, maybe we shouldn’t be so quick to judge.
- I still think Ikarians from the Blue Zones are the most sane humans on the planet.
- A big part of happiness is in managing your expectations.
- People choose simple living for a variety of reasons.
- Begin to downshift to a life of voluntary simplicity that is outwardly simple but inwardly rich.
- Avoid lifestyle inflation (even question spending money on experiences) and increase your savings rate so you can hopefully retire earlier.
- There’s a lot of good that comes from an existential crisis and existentialist philosophy.
- Humanity shares a common purpose.
- The Japanese term ikigai means “reason for being” (expect to see more ikigai books in the coming years).
- Everyone has a different aha moment that leads to their “why” or purpose (even Gandhi).
- What you believe determines your behaviors and what you become.
- Don’t mistake doing for being, or what you should do vs what you must do.
- No work-life balance isn’t the way to change the world. Leisure is necessary.
- Have you ever thought about your life roles?
- If you want to do/give the most good in your life and serve others, consider effective altruism.
- Writing your own future eulogy can help you figure out how to live now.
- Say “no” to all the non-essentials.
- Don’t forget, you can edit your purpose at any time.
On Perspective & The Future:
- Be a student of life and never stop learning (but try just-in-time learning). Here are the top 3 books I read in 2018.
- The average lifespan is only 1% of recorded history.
- You have an unconscious default setting in your mind, but you can choose how and what to think.
- Setting perspective is one of the quickest things you can do to start your day in a positive way.
- What if you only had a 15-hour workweek (it’s been a prediction for a long time)?
- We are all one or none! All life is interconnected on this pale blue dot and beyond.
- Humanity will evolve through a shift in consciousness and simplicity.
Here’s to a slow, simple, and purposeful 2019!
Also published on Medium.