What difference would it make if you made a commitment to radically simplify your life and work? And why should you bother or care? Here’s why: Simplicity liberates. Complexity suffocates.

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Why Simplifying Can Help You Get Better Results Faster and Easier

Why simplifying can help you get better results faster and easier

Simplifying your life and work can support you in getting better results faster and easier. 

Here’s why:

Simplicity liberates you because it reduces chaos and confusion. And when you reduce chaos and confusion progress speeds up.

It reduces the risk of mistakes. It increases focus on what matters most. It sets things up to run smoothly and consistently. And when things run smoother and consistently, you get better results faster and easier.

On the other hand, complexity can be the killer of progress and results. It can increase the chance of mistakes that will slow you down and sabotage your efforts.

Complexity is a massive mental energy drain. And when your mental energy is being sucked dry, that reduces your personal effectiveness which impacts progress and results.

Plus, it can increase chaos, confusion, stress, and feelings of overwhelm. All of which have a negative impact on progress and results.

Complexity is the thief of potential.

The antidote to complexity is to simplify like crazy.

And that is why simplifying is a superpower when it comes to supporting you with achieving the results that matter most to you faster, easier and consistently.

Making a commitment to proactively eradicate complexity and simplify will reap benefits in many ways and on many different levels.

When you get into the simplifying habit, things become much easier. Quality results are more likely to be achieved. Life and work become more fun and enjoyable.  And when you are having more fun and enjoyment you tend to perform better which will improve whatever you are working on, personally or professionally.

How to start simplifying your life and work

Step 1 – Awareness is the first step in creating any change. So that is your starting point. It might help to ask yourself questions like:

  • What am I doing that creates or increases complexity in my life and work?
  • What am I allowing that creates complexity?
  • What could I do to start dealing with it?
  • What would I benefit from simplifying in my life and work?
  • What do I need to change?
  • What do I need to start doing more of?
  • What do I need to start doing less of?
  • What boundaries do I need to put in place?

Step 2 – Create a Plan

Use the answers that come up for you in step 1 to start forming a plan of action. Make specific commitments to what you will do and when you will do it to get on the path of change.

Step 3 – Work the plan!

Word of caution. Don’t try and change too much all at once. That can cause chaos, confusion, stress and overwhelm! The best way is to break your plan into small chunks. Put them in a priority order. Then, just start taking one small step at a time, regularly and consistently.

Simplify like crazy. It will set you up to succeed with getting better results with the things that matter most to you in your life and work, faster, easier and consistently.

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication” – Leonardo Da Vinci

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  • Jackie Walker

    I’m letting this percolate for a while, to see if there’s anything I can simplify, thank you for nudging me to check!

  • You are welcome Jackie. Getting in the habit of asking ourselves the impact of a choice before we make it can help head complexity off at the pass – prevention better than cure!!!

  • Great point Sue – learning how to simplify our racy brains is as important as simplifying the physical stuff in our life.
    In relation to added complexity from outside forces and other people, it is worth checking out how strong your boundaries are in relation to those things as well as the boundaries you set for yourself too. Outside stuff can only impact us to the extent that we allow and often the solution can be found in strengthening boundaries. Have fun playing with it Sue.

  • An unexpected result of the self-care series I’ve been running is that it’s had me look around to make more time, and that has been achieved by simplifying!

  • Spot on Sandi. I have found that too. The two are so linked.

  • Sue Mitchell

    Although I crave simplicity and I do think my life is fairly simple, my mind has a tendency to complicate everything. I have been working for the last several years to really streamline my life, but even as you simplify in one area, it’s hard to keep the complexity from developing somewhere else! I’m going to look at your second question about what I’m allowing that creates complexity. I do think a lot of the complexity in my life comes from other people or outside forces that I let it in.

  • Micah Yost

    There just isn’t anything to add here. Great post. Well written and spot on. Very well done.

    Micah Yost
    @GroupThrive

  • Hi Kim, welcome to the blog. I think we need to challenge certain “norms” and “conditioning” in many areas as they can keep us stuck.

  • Hi Micah, Thank you for your feedback and kind words. Much appreciated. Thanks for dropping by.

  • Damian Hesdon

    Give complexity a KISS!
    Keep It Simple Stupid.

  • Spot on Anita. I think the same. More often than not the complexity we endure is self created. But the great news on that is that we can totally change that and create a different reality by proactively looking for ways to simplify.

  • That made me smile Jennifer! Glad you like the tips.

  • carla birnberg

    Amen, Sister. My first three decades were about multitasking. And then I shifted and realized the power of the MONOtask

  • Good for you Carla. Single tasking is the way to go. So many benefits on so many different levels.

  • I love this! I try not to be overcome with the complexities of life.

  • Glad you liked it.

  • Martin Haworth

    It is a challenge how complexity creeps up on you and developing the self-awareness to, once in a while – take a long hard look is quite a habit to grow. I know that every so often I get myself signed up to newsletters; buy ebooks; take more in than necessary and then I have a blitz and dump so much and then, afterwards, on reflection again, realise that I haven’t lost out at all. A very necessary capability to develop. Thanks Ali.

  • Martin, so good to be aware that that is your cycle. Once you are aware it is easier to take action to solve it and put boundaries in place to stop it happeneing again.