My 5 Best Purchases of 2022

Things that brought me joy, increased my productivity, and made me a better person.

Irtiza Hafiz
6 min readDec 13, 2022
Photo by Towfiqu barbhuiya on Unsplash

2022 was a year of massive change for me.

I moved from San Francisco to Toronto. At work, I transitioned from a software engineer to an engineering manager. I worked remotely from 5 cities in North America.

Such big changes can come with big purchases. However, I have kept a tight lid on my digital wallet. Being a minimalist, I hate materialistic possessions. I like being flexible and traveling light wherever I go.

If there is one thing that I learned in the last few years, it is that physical (and digital) clutter really affects my productivity and mental health. I like open spaces. That’s why I don’t like too many things around me.

2022 has also been the year when I started becoming more conscious of my carbon footprint. I have tried to minimize it wherever possible. That’s yet another factor that went into a lot of purchases that I have made.

Keeping these in mind, let’s look at 5 of my best purchases of 2022.

Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash

Tentree Clothing



Irtiza Hafiz

Engineering manager who writes about software development and productivity