One of my favorite books is, The Power of Less by Leo Babauta. It outlines two simple steps that I have found to be invaluable. They are:
- Identify the essential
- Eliminate everything else
A worthwhile ideal to work towards, but easier said than done, I know.
Our lives can become so busy and complicated. Our work schedules can become crowded as well.
Keeping things simple requires that you routinely trim non-essential things. I used to think that simple meant easy. Simple does not mean hard. But it also does not mean easy. It is more like a habit actually. Routinely trimming the things you are working on can become your habit.
Simple is related to focus. The Power of Less and The Power of Focus are two great books, actually. They are also two great ways to think about your work. Focusing on fewer things allows you to put more energy and creativity into those few things, and then those few things really take off.
Developing a habit of trimming takes a bit of effort. Over time you can get very good at it. As you do, you will find yourself speeding up. It is almost strange, but doing a few things exceptionally well can make everything else you want come along for the ride.
Here’s to simple, to essential and to excellence in what you choose to focus your talents on.