Do You Simplify or Complify Your Life

Yes, I know, there is no such term as complify, but you should simplify everything you can in order to ease your life.

“After tomorrow is ten and one” is an expression that means literally “the other day is the eleventh”. This is how a three year old sees things, as simple as possible, just like the connection between simplify and complify.


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This article is about the simple things, the same things we complicate on the way, in order to look more pompous, to look good.

“If you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t understand it yourself.” Albert Einstein

There are rules we must follow, there are actions we take in order not to suffer subsequently (neither we, nor the company we work for). But there are also stupid things which most of the time complicate our lives.

If you have a 63 pages document on the anti-smoking rulings in the company buildings and cars, don’t be surprised when no one reads it. A summary may work better: “No smoking allowed in the Company offices and cars.”

What can you do to simplify your life:

  • Tell NO to others so you can say YES to you;
  • Empty your inbox daily or weekly;
  • Perform the most important tasks by noon and preferably before others do;
  • If you did something wrong, curse (in your mind), learn and move on;
  • Don’t waste time with unnecessary things, ‘cause you won’t be able to remember them anyway;
  • Don’t accept spam people (those that come into your life clearly uncalled for);
  • Don’t interrupt what you do;
  • Make sure your decisions are logical and simple;
  • When you communicate in ordinary terms and examples, make sure everybody understands them by using extremely simple terms (even if they may seem exaggerated).

“Genius is the ability to reduce the complicated to the simple.” C. W. Ceran

You will end up making things simple and then will be easy for others to understand them. Think how easy it was for you to acquire simple notions and how much they helped compared to the complicated ones. Something like “bullocks, how come I didn’t think of it when it’s so simple?”

Simplicity is always elegant, in fashion, in articulation and in any other daily activity. This is so true, that we should simply be prohibited from complicating things.

Good luck simplifying!

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