The things every high-achiever should know
Sebastian Marshall has it down pat. I consider him the king of simplicity. He takes a powerful idea and writes a beautifully simple, impactful post on it. He doesn’t bother with scouring Flickr for blog post images. If the idea is not what the reader needs at that moment, no big deal; only a few short minutes were committed to reading his latest work. On his end, it allows him more flexibility to blog.
I, on the other end, tend to write lengthy essays. This is good in moderation, but I’m ready to move towards simplicity. Keep the content valuable, but simplify the message and reduce the commitment of my readers.
I don’t just plan on adopting this philosophy in my writing. In the rest of my life too. At a daily level, I’ve divided my life into five areas that require attention. When these five areas are met, I’m happy. When they’re not, I’m usually dissatisfied at some level. It takes me less than 10 seconds to track it each day, and I can instantly see my running progress through an automated GDocs heat map (click to enlarge the image):
As you can, I have a lot of work to do before I have found a sustainable balance in my life, but this system makes it so simple to see what needs improvement. Self improvement, automated.
Simplification takes work. Anyone can make a messy, complicated system. Simplicity is elegance, and it’s not easy. But it’s worth pursuing.
When you can simplify things others find complicated and time consuming, you leave yourself more time to explore, experiment, and expose yourself to the randomness and adventure that makes life worth living.
Learn. Build systems and strategies. Remember that it’s ok to let them to grow convoluted and complicated as you layer them on top of each other. But don’t forget to simplify. It’s that final step that allows magic to happen.
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