Imagine a life without sidebars — and I’m not just talking about websites.
Metaphorically speaking, this would mean a life free of all of the things that clutter our lives and impede success. From a web standpoint, this would mean literally removing the sidebars from our website — keeping only what is necessary and getting rid of all the things we don’t need.
Either way you slice it, our lives are filled with an overabundance of “stuff” that continually gets in the way of who and where we really want to be.
I used to think minimalism was limited to the conscious act of removing absolutely everything unnecessary from our lives. Part of me feared that getting rid of everything was a bit overboard. I wasn’t sure it was for me.
Ever since the beginning of No Sidebar we’ve focused on simplifying our life at work, at home and in our soul. As we’ve investigated more into the minimalist lifestyle, we realized things can be broken down on a more granular level.
Our goal at No Sidebar is to help you design a simple life.
We want to help you figure out what’s getting in your way, at home and work. We want to help you let go of distractions, online and off. We want to help you turn down the noise that disrupts the quiet of your heart and mind and soul.
We don’t have all the answers, but we’re on a journey toward lives of purpose and simplicity, and we’re figuring it out together.
We believe there are five areas in our lives that are deeply affected by decisions we make daily. Each one of them provides an opportunity for simplifying. We want to make this easier to do, so we created individual channels for you to follow.
Life isn’t just lived on the ground anymore. You have an online life, profiles to manage, and devices to charge. Digital minimalism can help you find a healthy balance between screen time and the rest of the time. Whether that means rethinking your online presence, trying out a media fast, or practicing decluttering, simplifying your digital life will make your life whole.
The clutter in your home doesn’t just make a mess, it creates distraction in your mind and stress in your life. Letting go of everything you don’t need frees up your time, your energy, and your budget. (And you probably need way less than you think. We all do.)
A simple life is about more than just owning less. It’s about having more time and energy to give to the people that mean most to you. It’s about focusing on the important things, instead of chasing after all the things. Small changes add up. Start where you are, and move toward a life of simplicity.
Simplicity for the heart and soul and mind begins with the knowledge that you are enough, and your worth is not found in working longer hours to earn more money to buy stuff that you don’t need. It’s about replenishment. It’s about savoring a sustainable rhythm of work and rest. It’s about practicing stillness. It’s about listening for what matters and letting go of everything else.
Our workspaces get buried under papers and projects and who knows what else. Our schedules are packed full of meetings and calls, coffee dates and deadlines. When you simplify, you become more productive — and happier, too. You open up space for your creativity to thrive. You think more deeply about what success means, and you find more meaning in the work you do.