8 Minimalist Habits to Start in 2023 in Order to Improve Your Life

Gabe Bult
by Gabe Bult

New Year's is an excellent time to motivate yourself to improve or form minimalist habits. These are some things I've been doing over the past year, and I'm trying to continue or start this coming year. You can implement these eight minimalist habits in your life right now.

Active journaling

1. Active journaling

I love 90-day goals. They're short enough to achieve them without losing motivation and long enough to make significant progress toward whatever you're trying to achieve.

If you haven't tried them before, it's been life-changing for me. Every Sunday night or Monday morning, I sit down and write what I'm trying to achieve for that week to get closer to that goal. 

I choose a few select things and write why each is important to me, how they can affect those around me, and what impact each can make in my life after that week.

I've given it my best shot to achieve those goals. I do a weekly review and see what I could have done better and then what things I did achieve. 

SMART goals

2. Use SMART goals

It is important when you're writing down goals to use smart goals. Smart means Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound.

That's why I switched my goal from trying to reach half a million subscribers, which is not really in my control, to making sure I'm making the best video I can make every single week and never missing a Monday upload.

In turn, that should hopefully get me to half a million subscribers, which is when I'll be able to get a Tesla. 

Physical activity

3. Physical activity addition

One goal that I can do is to do one physical activity addition. I used to sit all the time for my jobs or while editing videos. It messed up my back a while ago.

Now I've been implementing this new rule, and that's trying to take ten minutes to get up, stretch, go outside, and get some fresh air as often as I can throughout the day. 

Especially if I've been sitting for an hour or 2 hours, just getting up, stretching everything out, and going for a walk makes me way more productive when I return to work. It also helps my body feel better. 

Saving money on food

4. Save money on food, eat better, and be healthier

This is such a broad topic. What can you do to achieve some of those things?

For me, it's been making a meal plan. It's the simplest thing you can do, but if you do that every week, pick a specific day, put a reminder in your phone, then write down a meal plan and cook and shop for those meals.

You'll save a ton of money. You won't have to go out to eat as often. A lot of times, it'll be a much healthier food.

Forming minimalist habits

5. Pick a saving goal

Almost everybody has something they would like to do or buy. Maybe it's getting out of debt or buying a house. Something that we've been trying to do more and specifically save towards is travel.

A few tips that can help you save for and achieve those financial goals are, first, writing down the goal with a SMART goal of when you want to buy and exactly how much you need when you need it. Then reverse engineering how much you need to save.

Do things like setting up automatic deposits so that every time you get paid, some money goes into a savings account specifically for that.

It adds up extremely fast, and it's not as daunting for you when it's a slow process over a long period of time. Make sure that you physically write it down. 

2-minute rule for minimalism

6. Use the 2-minute rule

I feel like I say this a lot, but these little things have drastically changed my life. Maybe you need to clean your house or declutter something.

While doing the entire thing might seem daunting, doing the first two minutes and getting started is the hardest part.

The two-minute rule is the idea that if you can get past that, where you're only going to commit to doing it for two minutes, you will start to make progress. 

Making an evening routine

7. Make an evening routine

Everybody talks about morning routines, which are very important but just as important as evening routines.

It's so easy when after the end of a long day, you're tired and want to sit down and watch some TV, and then it ends up getting late, and then you end up going for a snack, and things get out of hand, and then you wake up tired the next day. 

Take a few minutes to write what you're doing the next day. Laying out your clothes for the next day or setting a time that your WiFi turns off or your TV turns off can drastically improve your sleep and improve a lot of things.

Minimalist habits to start in 2023

8. Meet new people

This is honestly something I'm not very good at as an introverted person, but it's something I've been consciously trying to do over this past year and especially carrying on into this next year of meeting and spending time with people who improve and motivate me. 

Everybody has different fields, and different people that they know will give them that same motivation. Talk to somebody or meet somebody new, and that can change everything. There's something to learn from everybody. 

There's a saying that you're the average of the five people that you spend the most time with, so make sure that you're spending quality time with quality people who want the best for you. 

Minimalist habits to start in 2023

Even if you take just one of these minimalist habits and focus on doing it for this year, the smallest thing you possibly can, it will have drastic compound effects.

What minimalist habits are you planning on working on this year? Share in the comments below!

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