Video A Day in the Life of a Minimalist

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A Day in the Life of a Minimalist
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  • It's 6:00 a.m.
  • I've trained myself to wake up at the same time every day, so I have no need for an alarm clock.
  • My name is Matt, and this is a day in the life of a minimalist.
  • My life is about efficiency,
  • optimization,
  • multi-functionality.
  • Nothing goes to waste.
  • You may notice that I don't have a garbage bin,
  • that's because I don't have anything to throw away.
  • This may look like just a normal cereal bowl to the non-minimalist,
  • but to a minimalist, it's also a coffee cup.
  • If it does not add value to my life I get rid of it
  • Some have asked me, "what about things that bring you joy?"
  • I got rid of that as well.
  • This isn't what my day actually *laughs* looks like. I'm not that much of an asshole~
  • You guys want to see what an actual day in the life of a minimalist is like?
  • Well, I'll show you mine.
  • I usually wake up between 6:00 or 6:30 A.M.
  • Depending on how many times I hit the snooze button
  • Apart from what you may have heard about minimalists. I do have a toothbrush and I shower daily.
  • True to the stereotype, I actually do wear the same thing pretty much every day.
  • A charcoal t-shirt, and a black pair of jeans
  • I have a stack of the same t-shirt.
  • You know what they say about minimalist and pour over coffee,
  • "they're really annoying and they don't stop talking about it."
  • Now as I make this hipster cup of coffee, I'd love to talk for just a moment about my Patreon account.
  • I've been making some pretty cool videos there, that I don't release anywhere else
  • Like videos about how I make my videos.
  • Including a breakdown of the one you're watching right now.
  • I talk about my process,
  • how I come up with ideas,
  • tips for growing an audience, and advice on how to build a successful business.
  • My Patreon account is one of the ways that I'm able to keep this YouTube channel 100% advertisement free.
  • You can check it out at patreon.com/mattdavella. . . There's a link in the description
  • Oh look at that, coffee's done~
  • I usually get in about an hour of work before Natalie starts stirring in bed, at which point I'll take a little break
  • You want to talk?
  • Natalie: Noooope! [Narration] And chat for a little bit before she gets ready for work
  • Then I get back to work.
  • As an independent filmmaker. I spent about fifty percent of my time right here at this desk
  • editing
  • projects. When I first started out I worked with only clients so clients would pay me to make
  • weddings, Bar Mitzvahs,
  • eventually, I
  • graduated to working with startups and tech companies but to
  • To this day, even now that I'm working only on original projects like my podcast YouTube videos and your films
  • Much of my time is spent
  • editing now
  • I know not every filmmaker loves editing and that's why there's people that exclusively just edit and there's people who exclusively
  • Just direct but I love something about tackling every part of the process and to me editing poses so many challenges...
  • To tell a story through editing requires a certain kind of mindset and a certain kind of
  • independence that I really enjoy so I'll usually put in about two to three hours of editing in the morning and
  • At which point around eleven o'clock
  • I'll get some food which
  • Actually that's right now
  • I like to keep my lunches pretty simple
  • I'll typically make two or three times as much as I need and save the rest for the next couple days
  • One of the biggest benefits of working from home is the access to my kitchen
  • I find I spend less money eating out and I eat much healthier than when I had an office space
  • After lunch, I'll get changed and make my way to the gym
  • So I've been going to the gym pretty consistently for probably the past
  • Ten years now
  • I started really
  • building the habit of working out and going to the gym everyday at least five days a week during college and
  • There have been times when
  • my routine falls off and I get sick or I'm traveling and I don't have time to fit in a workout but
  • I've always been able to pick it back up. It's just been one of those things that
  • helps to ground me, especially
  • being a freelancer and
  • running my own business; It can be very stressful and I find that it's a really
  • great way to just blow off some steam but also to feel better. So I have more energy throughout the day.
  • When I get home from the gym, I'll make a protein shake [is it weird to shake it like this?]
  • make a second cup of coffee and
  • Then I'm back to work. If I'm not editing
  • I might be scheduling future podcast guests recording episodes or filming videos since most of my family is on the East Coast
  • Sometimes I'll make a call home. Right now
  • I'm explaining a video idea to my mom and she doesn't get it. "No just hustle in general"
  • "No, that's that's you're thinking of Hustler"
  • When Nat comes home from work, I usually shut down my work for the day as well, if it wasn't for Natatile I'd probably keep working
  • Nat, can you give me your best Italian accent?
  • Ah, this weekend we went down to Olive Garden, and they had a fantastic dish called the "Carbonara á Natatile" And I was like EH!
  • Umm, I don't know. *laughs*
  • That was really good.
  • I don't know if my day looks very different from someone who isn't a minimalist
  • if anything it comes down to the things I don't do.
  • I don't waste a lot of time thinking about what I'm gonna wear in the morning. I'm intentional with how I use social media,
  • so I don't get easily distracted from my work.
  • It takes a lot of intention upfront as well as the ability to adapt as my life changes
  • But I don't spend any unnecessary time chasing things that aren't important to me
  • Before bed I'll take a look at my calendar, to-do list, and prepare for the following day
  • It helps me to wake up early and motivate it to get to work
  • Then it's lights off
  • Thank you so much for watching this video. I hope you enjoyed it
  • You can support this ad for YouTube channel on Patreon go to patreon.com/Mattdavella
  • To get more videos on lifestyle design business, film-making, and creativity. Thanks so much for watching

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About this video: A lot of people have misconceptions about minimalism. In this video I show you what a typical day in my life really looks like.

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