Minimalism is a design concept that is gaining a lot of popularity lately and that has been fashionable now for a fair amount of time. Essentially the idea behind minimalism is to remove anything extraneous so that all that remains is what’s essential. This applies to design for instance and that relates to web and app design too.
The purpose of a website is to convey specific information quickly easily to visitors. Normally this means by providing them with a simple navigation and displaying the content in an attractive and user-friendly manner. Anything on the page that is ‘extra’ will only serve to take up space, distract from the content and confuse the navigation – so minimalist designs reign supreme. This is even more important when designing a site for mobiles that will be viewed on a small screen…
Likewise though minimalism also makes sense in terms of your personal or business approach to technology – the way you organise your hardware and software and the organisational hierarchies you use. Read on to see how you can use minimalism in your approach to technology to get more out of it.
In terms of hardware, less should always be more if you want to stay productive, efficient and practical. The temptation to have a large desktop computer set up with computer towers, lots of wires and large monitors may be strong – but when you come to move home this will only weigh you down. Furthermore it will only limit the way you can work by tying you to the desk and create more work for you in maintaining the space and avoiding tangled wires and the like.
A better approach to your technology then might be to use a tablet. I work with a Surface Pro on my desk which sits in a stand holding it like a monitor. I then work there as though it was a PC using a Bluetooth mouse and keyboard for optimum productivity.
But best of all, when I want to go and relax I can simply pick my Surface up out of the holder and sit with it as a tablet on my lap while I watch TV. If I need to head out to a café for a meeting I can just attach the clip on keyboard, turning it into a laptop and dropping it in my bag. I have only one wire to worry about and the system is incredibly light and portable while remaining versatile for any type of work.
This minimalism should extend to your desk area. The temptation in this case might be to fill your desk with cool desk toys, with lots of papers, and with other pieces of technology. Sure, that might look good when it’s all tidy, but when you want to move home you’re going to make more work for your moving company. This is especially important for businesses that have multiple desk spaces to work with.
Another reason to keep your desk space minimalist is so that you can work there more easily. Having clear surfaces will allow you to spread out your things as well as to quickly and easily locate documents and accessories you need to work with.
Most important of all though is to be minimalist in your approach to files and things on your computer. Again, the fewer documents and folders you have to search for, the quicker you’ll retrieve the files you want. Likewise, if you install fewer programs you will be able to keep your computer running faster and more efficiently.
When choosing your computers you can even consider choosing those with smaller hard drives to force a more organised and minimalist approach. To get the most out of your technology you must thinklike a computer: efficient, minimalist and highly organised.
Author Bio: Warren Brown is a freelance blogger and an ace creative write with many years of experience writing for top blogs. Warren has written on a myriad of topics and has written several posts for us.