Minimalist Products – Bodum Travel Press

As paradoxically as it may sound, this is the first post, out of many, where I will be reviewing minimalist products – products you can own, that helps you own less!

And the first product I want to tell you about is the Bodum Travel Press.

The Travel Press is the love child of a traditional French press coffee maker and a thermo travel cup. It is great because it can (if you want) allow you to throw out your coffee machine + other travel cups, and thereby downsize to just owning this single item.

It also has the extra benefit of being a coffee maker on the go, which enables you to make great coffee anywhere you want. This means, you can make the same coffee whether you are at home, in a hotel room, on an air plane or even at a Starbucks, if you dare asking for some boiling water 🙂

I mostly use mine to make coffee at work, in the office, because the coffee I get there is the worst!

Bottom line is: this cup makes cheaper and better coffee, compared to what you get most places.

It’s great, and because of it, my girlfriend and I have been able to get rid of all the other coffee gear we used to own, and thereby gotten a lot more mobile and “small”. I think that a product that does exactly this, is a true minimalist product.

I give it a thumbs up from here!

Thanks for reading.

Coconut Oil – the Minimalist’s Beauty Product

In order to reduce the amount of stuff, we keep in our home and lives, we need to look for products and tools that can be extremely versatile and used for many different things. A minimalist wants the equivalent of a Swiss Army Knife for everything.

And I found out that you can use coconut oil for hair loss. It works wonders and even if you are not losing hair you can still put the coconut oil in your hair to make it healthier.

I use it instead of almost all other traditional personal hygiene products:

  • I use it as a deodorant in my armpits – it is antibacterial, so it kills the smelly germs
  • I use it as a moisturizer for my face, around the eyes, and on the lips when it is cold outside
  • I use it to do oil pulling for my teeth
  • I use it to make a whitening past for my teeth, by mixing it with baking soda – extremely effective!
  • I get slight eczema on my elbows, so I also use it for that
  • And so on, and so on

This is just off the top of my head.

The ways in which you can use coconut oil is endless. Try googleling around, and learn about the many other ways you can use it. Maybe you have some personal needs, where it can help as well.

And don’t forget, you can actually eat it too :p

Try and see if you can find other products that can serve you for many different purposes, in order to live a lighter and more minimal life. If you know about any, feel free to comment underneath, so other readers can learn.

Have a nice day everyone.

 

Living the Dream – Now

Like me, you probably have a lot of ideas about certain parts of your life that needs to change, before you can start living your dream.

I have personally been struggling with this for quite some time now and have always thought that I wouldn’t be able to start my business, and start my life before I was 100 percent economically ready for it.

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Your Money Under Control with the Champagne Tower Analogy

In becoming a better minimalist and living more intentionally, I have realized that we humans need rules and system in place to ease the daily burden of decision making.
We should spend less money on unnecessary stuff, and direct our energy towards the more meaningful parts of life. However, society and TV-commercials have a tendency to persuade us to do otherwise, and their influence is exactly what we need to resist – with daily rules in place to help us live better lives.

Life can be chaotic and frustrating sometimes, but personal finances is actually an area where we can be in control. So setting up guidelines for how we manage and spend our money can be extremely liberating and ultimately a good business decision.

The problem is, most people spend their money according to their gut feeling. They’ll say: “I think I deserve to go shopping and buy some new sneakers” or “I haven’t treated myself in a while – therefore I should”. Meanwhile, they’ll go out and do these things, without feeling completely confident, that now actually is the time to treat themselves. They are not necessarily sure that their gut feeling is correct. But oh well, they have done this a 100 times before, and always managed to pay the rent the next month somehow – so what the heck!

I say this is a non-optimal way to act, and for 3 reasons:

– Firstly, this way of thinking comes with a decisional cost. You have to make the decision, whether or not you “deserve” a treat every time you buy something. And as we know, decisions are a finite resource and should be conserved when possible.

– Secondly, there is always a build-in guilt component to basing your buying decisions on “deserving it”. Since you are more likely to buy something on impulse, when you are your weakest, you are also more likely to feel guilty about your choices afterwards. 

– And thirdly, in this context, most of us (me included) have a propensity to spend a little more than we should, because we tend to lose track of our long term goals when we find ourselves in a shopping mall.

So we obliviously need another way of thinking about this. And I like to use the Champagne Tower Analogy.

It works like this:

In a champagne tower, the second layer of glasses won’t see a drop of champagne before the first is completely full.

I call it “extreme prioritization”, because the second layer of priority is completely ignored until the first level has been fully attended to.

Now think about your monthly expenses in terms of extreme prioritization.

First, you make sure that you can feed yourself in the coming month, when you get your paycheck. Not until you have money for food, do you have money for anything else!

Afterwards, you might think about how you can put a roof over your head.

Not until you have money for a place to live, do you have money for anything else.

And so on….

I assume you already do something like this unconsciously, but my suggestion is to KEEP GOING! Until the very end.

Keep adding to your list until you have all of your priorities listed.

Maybe include some things you are saving up for, or loans you would like to get paid off quickly.

Make sure to prioritize everything in its correct order, so you will always fill up the most important champagne glass first.

Whatever “spills over from the champagne tower”, you may buy jeans or booze for.

Unless you have made jeans a priority in the tower itself of course.

I have personally set it up so that everything that is left after my champagne tower has been filled, will be split up into 3 equal amounts: Vacation, Invest, Have fun.

The Have fun part is for going out and buy my jeans.

This completely eliminates all feelings of doubt of when I might deserve to treat myself. I know exactly what I deserve, because all the important stuff has already been taken care of.

One more tip: I have opened up a lot accounts in my bank to make this system work for me. I get the feeling that my bank finds it annoying, but they have accepted it.

I think though, you could easily get this system to work with a single bank account a spreadsheet.

Hope you guys found this to be helpful. Have a nice day!

The 2/2 Rule For Controlling Your Caffeine Intake

Here on my older days, I have come to realize, that there actually is such a thing as too much coffee. Even good coffee…. Total bummer, I know.

Coffee and other caffeine containing drinks like tea has gotten a comeback, these past few years in the health community, which has gotten me and my peers all jacked up on Bulletproof Coffee and L-theanine containing beverages (tea again).

I love that all this deliciousness has gotten the stamp of approval, due to their high amounts of antioxidants and so forth. However, I still believe that there is an upper limit to the madness, when it comes to strong central nervous system stimulants like caffeine, and it must therefore be controlled and managed somehow. Læs mere The 2/2 Rule For Controlling Your Caffeine Intake

Minimalism, Step 5 – Limit Exposure

In this series about minimalism, we are exploring some of the fundamental tools, you can utilize in order to make minimalism an easier way of life. This will then allow you to live a cheaper, less stressful and more fulfilling life.

One of the things we have learned so far, is to cultivate a gratitude practice, and how that can train your brain to understand, the truly important things in life aren’t things.

The next step in the process, is now to realize, that we aren’t impervious to marketing, social pressure and other external factors, that can ruin our goal of becoming a minimalist, which is why we must find ways to protect ourselves.

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Minimalism, Step 4 – Few Many Things

So far, in this mini series about minimalism, we have learned how to see products for what they really are, and thereafter plan for what we really need (1,2,3).

When practicing minimalism, we should strive to own only what is necessary, in order to avoid the stress of having too many things that slows us down and add weight to our lives.

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Minimalism, Step 3 – The List

Thank you dear reader for checking out this third post in my mini series about minimalism.

In the first post, we talked about how you should be mindful about the functionalities you spend money on, so you avoid buying something you “already own”. In the next post, we discovered how you can tame your need to buy new stuff, by implementing a regular gratitude practice. These are both tools that can be utilized to make the transition into a minimalistic lifestyle easier.

Today, I will give you another great tool, that is going to help you be even more mindful about the stuff you buy. I call it “The List”.

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Minimalism, Step 1 – Functionality

Welcome to the first post in my mini series about Minimalism.

I have decided to write about it in depth, as it has come to affect my life in a great way recently. Minimalism has enhanced everything that I do, so I therefore thought I would pass on some of the love and tips I have discovered within it.

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