How to become a master of simplicity.

Complicated
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“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated” – Confucius

Simplicity! I have seen more people struggle with it in life than any other thing I know. It is unimaginable for some people to accept that life is really simple. Are you one of those people?

I have been fortunate enough to understand simplicity in very early age. I do not know how, but I just did. I always have a problem with a person who cannot make the things simple.

I always like simple clothes, simple people, simple places and simple designs. Somehow, it has become my identity. I am simple.

Now that I am working on self-development I have realised that actually, it is an art. It is very hard for most people to be simple.

Steve Jobs once said that simple can be harder than complex. You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.

Through my journey into personal-development and self-growth, I have also understood that this is not a small issue. In fact, people suffer anxiety, depression and failure just because they cannot think simply.

How to understand that you are making things complicated.

In my opinion, there are few signs which you need to recognise to help you understand whether you are making things complicated or not. Notice if any of the below is true for you.

  • You think it can’t be that easy.
  • You have so much more to do than your colleague.
  • You believe only by doing hard work you can be a success.
  • You are always busy.
  • You are trying to get everything done, but it never finishes.
  • You believe life is hard.
  • Everything around you is a mess.
  • You own hundreds of unwanted stuff.

How to make your life simple.

Simple life
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“Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.”

– Albert Einstein

Let me make it clear that simply does not mean easy. Simple means easily understood or clear.

If you are one of those people who makes things complicated, it is going to be challenging task for you, but worth doing. After all, it is the challenges that give meaning to our lives.

There are 5 things you can do to make things simple.

Know what your priorities are.

In my experience, most people cannot stay focused on their priorities. Some even do not know what their priorities are.

They are lost in everything around them. They start first and plan later, but believe me it can save you tons of time if you plan first and then start.

You must make a clear priorities list and stay focused on it until it is done. Until you are done with your list, everything else is a distraction. Do not use a lot where a little will do.

Remove all the distraction from your surroundings.

There is nothing I can emphasis on more when it comes to simplicity. You cannot make things simple unless you are focused. In fact, I should say that things are complicated because you are not focused.

If you have decided to give one hour to one task, give you complete one hour. Remove all the distractions such as phone, music, extra notepad, pencil or anything you do not need.

In addition, I would suggest that you should keep your surrounding neat and clean. Cleanness has a positive energy in it. It inspires you to become more.

Details are good, but not too many.

Everything in life is not black and white. There are things which are grey. For those grey things, you can gather details, but do not get lost in details.

The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.

Learn to trust your instinct. Sometimes those whispers inside us show the best ways. You might fail, but it is also a learning and an experience.

Learn, read, and practice every day. Your instinct becomes better with time and experience.

Less is more.

Do you know why Obama wear only two suits or why Steve Jobs always appears in a black t-shirt and blue jean? It is because they know the power of less. They know how to make life simple.

It is not just about your wardrobe. Less is more applies to almost everything in your life.

Make it a mantra in your life that you will you will choose less in all those areas which have nothing to do with your main goals or purpose. Less food, fewer clothes, less spending, less thinking and less talking.

When you practice the power of less, then only you can give more to the things which bring you the results.

Do not make assumption unless it is needed.  

I believe assumptions are venom inside our mind. It only creates stress in one way or another.

So many people make assumptions without any fact and data. I believe the primary reason people make assumptions is that of their judgemental mindset.

Making assumption is important and it is a vital step in the decision-making process, but it is poisonous when it is done without purpose.

It can corrupt your soul, make you jealous, and give you unwanted stress. You must learn how not to make assumptions.

For me, the best strategy is saying what it has to do with me or it is what it is. I do not judge anything.

You can find your own or can use my strategy. It is up to you, but you should have a judgement detox for yourself and use it every time you judge anything.

I believe if you can practice these things you will build a new character which will be simpler. It will lead you to a point from where life really looks beautiful and simple.

I have already warned you that it is not easy and you will struggle; however, I can tell you this that your struggle will be beautiful and short and after that as Steve Jobs said that you can move mountains.

To your simplicity,

Saurabh

 

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