The cloud can be more than just an app or a service — it can be a part of a minimalist and lean lifestyle, and also an extension of the self. I challenged myself to put all my data on the cloud, because the idea of having all my data on-hand from anywhere sounded liberating.
The next question I found myself asking is ‘How much cloud storage space do I need?’ In doing so, I found that a lot of data I had been collecting was of little use, and having a smaller amount of space then previously forced me to delete a lot of data so that my cloud would be filled with only the most beneficial data. Data was either worth keeping and putting in the cloud, or it wasn’t worth keeping at all.
Being 100 percent cloud-based gives me freedom, flexibility and peace of mind. The idea of minimizing my data to fit into the cloud also created a minimalistic and functionalistic way of seeing data. It also enhanced my mobility, agility and readiness for action now and in the future.
The cloud was also useful for my Quantified Self project that I had been conducting. My project included recording ideas that I thought would increase or decrease my healthy lifespan. I also tracked my health metrics so that I could validate what ideas I had at the time versus how healthy they made me. (more…)