8 Learnings for a Low Impact Lifestyle

Updated: Nov 19, 2020

I had a feeling of rising concern when we recently dropped what was going to be a major project. The effects of doing this I couldn't really put my finger on. I was angry, frustrated and disappointed at the way it all rolled out but in the end the universe shunted me in the right direction. By dropping the project we lost a potential future source of income but, without knowing at first, what threw me most was what I was going to do with the time after spending so much effort getting it started. Here's 10 things that have become clearer for me to head towards some low impact lifestylin'.

  1. Spending time working at home reduces the amount of resources I consume and money we spend on fuel, products and services.

  2. The more time I spend at home, the more I can dial in a routine, and as they say in the classics, "Routine sets you free!"

  3. I still have work to do, but with time now in more abundant supply, that work is more enjoyable, done better and it seems as though it is thought through from a deeper level, which has got to be good.

  4. At home we consume in a way that involves less packaging and less transport. My wife went to the local farmers market and stocked up for the week, something we hadn't been doing because we had been eating out.

  5. If I'm out and about, there's a higher chance I will buy stuff we don't really need

  6. There's so much more time in the day without getting ready to go into town, travelling in the car, parking and doing it all over to get back home.

  7. The extra time allows for refocus on the things I want to do. I have managed to restart my morning routine of meditation, stretching, planning the perfect day, a walk in the bush, some nutritious food and a dose or two of caffeine.

  8. Less distractions means time seems plentiful and its in that space where a taste of boredom spawns creativity. Some days that creativity is in the garden or fixing up the house, sometimes its fiddling around with bikes or cars and sometimes its writing blogs!

That perhaps makes me sound like a recluse but I'm still talking to other folk and Zooming and organising days when I go and do what I gotta do but what has happened is that the noise of an unnecessary project has made all of those interactions more anticipated, effective and valuable, which is good.

Ultimately this is the challenge for humanity, which many of you have taken by the horns. Do we forgo the things that keep us busy for more time to enjoy the things that really matter.

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