Lately I have been thinking a lot about simplicity.
The Merriam Webster dictionary defines simplicity as:
The quality of being easy to understand or use; the state or quality of being plain or not fancy or complicated; something that is simple or ordinary but enjoyable.
The first word that jumps out at me is complicated. Complications make life stressful. Therefore the absence of complications would make life easier, right? And what about, easy to understand or use. Certainly if you are more organized life would be easier and less stressful, wouldn’t it?
I think this is what appeals to me as a professional organizer. Simplifying life in every aspect so you can get on with living, very simply, a simpler life.
For the rest of the month, I would like to challenge everyone to think of something they are doing everyday that is making life complicated and think of ways to simplify and make things easier.
But of course, how do you do that? Here are a few suggestions to get you started.
Split tasks up – When things in my life get hectic, aside from daydreaming about going back in time to a simpler, less crazy time, I often stop and take stock of whats going on. If for example I have too many chores to do, I split them down into tangible parts. 1 hour, 30 minutes, 15 minutes, even 5 minutes a day until the task is completed. Getting the basement organized might take a month but it gets done, eventually.
Have patience – Patience is something many of us struggle with, myself included but it really pays to be and have patience. What doesn’t get done today is often not the end of the world though it may seem like it at the time.
Make a list, or two or three – I don’t know how I would survive if I didn’t have my lists. For me, there is simply nothing better and easier then crossing things off a list. I suppose it does take a bit of forethought to compile the list but once its down on paper you no longer have to think about what needs to get done, you can just do it.