Keep it simple. This is a concept I have been working on for many years.
In some ways, it’s been easy. I’ve never been a “stuff” person, preferring to keep clutter to a minimum and possessions to only those things that are needed and useful (Ok, there might have been some time, like a decade or so, that I had an issues with shoes, but I think I have that under control now. I think . . .).
Additionally, Dr. J and I continue to strive to live a more environmentally friendly lifestyle. Meaning we bring less into the house, are mindful of the packaging items come in, and try and create as little waste as possible – all of it helping us to stay organized and keep life simple.
In other ways, “keeping it simple” is quite difficult for me. I have always been a person that makes things harder than they have to be, often setting an impossibly high bar for myself (and getting disappointed when I fail to hurdle the bar). So high, in fact, that the simple solutions fall off the radar.
That’s exactly what happened to me this week. As I continue to write this blog, post on social media, and work on my novel, I knew it would be helpful to have a mini-marketing plan and a tagline to help me stay focused. I dug into this project like the former marketing professional that I am, looking for that “high concept” that could serve as my beacon – my guiding light.
Long story short, I worked all day on it . . . and at the end of the day I discarded all of it. Once again, I was making things way too hard.
I erased everything off my white board and I asked myself, “If you had to share who you are and what you do in ten words or less, what would they be?”
And, here is what I came up with:
And, when I reflected on that simple statement, I knew I had it. It didn’t need to be complicated; it just needed to be real. And, it is. And, I love it.
While I was in the flow, I asked myself the same question about the overall theme of my blog. This one took slightly more than ten words, but it’s still pretty simple:
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So, lesson learned . . . let’s just hope I can remember it until the next time a project comes up!
Do you do this in your life? Make things more complicated than they need to be? Where could a little simplification help you navigate through life?