30-Day Minimalist Challenge, Part 3
This is the last post in the 30-Day Minimalist Challenge Series.
21. Journal for 20 minutes
I’m never been much of a diary person, and writing about my emotions felt forced. Instead, I took some time to sketch the plot for a novel. Random story ideas frequently pop into my head, but I rarely sit down and write them down. Perhaps I should take more time to flesh out the ideas.
22. Create a bedtime routine
Right now, it doesn’t seem like I’m at the point in my life where I should create bedtime routines. I’ve tried so many “power morning” and “relaxing night” routines but none of them have stuck. Part of the problem is that I don’t have an addictive personality type; it’s very hard for me to form habits, regardless of whether they’re good or bad. I have to actively force myself to make a change in my behavior for months before the habit sticks. I’ve had the same issue with blogging. I usually sit down and draft three or four posts in one sitting because it’s easier for me to do that than to sit down and write every day.
Eventually I would like to have healthy morning and evening routines, even if they’re small habits, but I think I’ll focus on that a little later in life.
23. Identify your stress triggers
Jeez this wasn’t a fun time. Thinking about stress makes me stressed, it’s one of the things that I’m working on. I won’t post all of my stress triggers because that would be reckless. I will, however, talk about some of them. Being in a situation where I am a student at an institution is a huge trigger for me. I was so stressed for so long that the stress turned into trauma, and now I have full-blown panic attacks whenever I even consider the idea of going back to school. I’d like to continue my education, just not necessarily in a school setting.
Another trigger is tardiness. It’s such a strange one but it’s huge for me. I pride myself on being punctual, so tardiness (even being a late responder to emails or late completing a task I promised I’d do) sends me into a debate over whether I should just give up going to the event/responding to the email/completing the task at all. It’s an incredibly unhealthy thought process but for some reason, being late freaks me out.
24. Practice gratitude
I know a whole lot of positivity gurus swear by gratitude but I’ll be honest: being thankful didn’t change my life. On some level, I always have an underlying level of gratefulness for the position I’ve been born into, but that gratefulness always leads to guilt when I find myself dissatisfied with something. I throw in a random alhamdulillah throughout my day and I truly mean it, yet it seems wrong to complain about the privilege I have, about the roof over my head, the safe neighborhood I live in, and the food in my stomach. Sometimes I wonder what life would be like if I had a more simple life, one where I live off the land with my family. Perhaps I’m not doing the gratitude thing correctly.
25. Leave today unplanned
I learned from the first time I completed this task. I wrote a to-do list like I always do, then I allowed myself to follow my whims. I didn’t guilt myself for straying from the list. Doing this felt much better than going without a list altogether.
26. Go bare-faced
I only wear makeup like twice a year. I don’t even own foundation or concealer. I don’t know how to use highlighter. I guess I could have tried to come up with a replacement challenge for this one but meh.
27. Clean out your junk drawer
Don’t have one of these either. 🙂 I don’t believe in junk drawers.
28. Let go of a goal
I let go of my goal to learn CSS. I’m still interested in becoming proficient in web languages, but it’ll have to be something I do later I guess. Right now, C# has my attention. I want to learn how to use Unity more efficiently.
29. Turn off notifications
With pleasure! I turned off my WeChat, Email, Instagram and Facebook Messenger notifications. They’re the only apps that I use regularly. Without the notifications, my day was much quieter. Turning off the notifications also resulted in my forgetting conversations while I get into my work flow. I can’t say I’m upset.
30. Evaluate your last 5 purchases
My last five purchases were all food and books. That pretty much sums up my life, lol.
If you’ve tried or plan on trying this challenge, let me know! 🙂