Saturday, 3 June 2017

Keep it simple

Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Airman´s Odyssey

Since the Apple revolutionized the electronics industry simplicity is a concept we claim to seek more and more. 

But are we really? To have simplicity one needs order. A clear desk and apartment, clear mind, values and priorities. It reflects in all the aspects: our image, thoughts, schedule, the tools and folder we use.
And that is difficult to get because it does not mean to do it once a month when thinks are pilled-up, it'a a way of living, it's a habit one to daily develop and keep. It goes much deeper that it seams because it involves difficult decisions about what to keep and what to throw away, which projects align with your mission and vision. The first challenge it´s starting the process as you start it in point where all is messy and it takes so much time to clear everything up. But you can start by dividing the elephant in small pieces. Take a part (a few drawers or a tool you use) and schedule enough time to make order there.
The advantage is that once you get the habit, maintaining require a lot less energy than starting it. And it goes from outside in. Physical action reflects and influences your actions, your thoughts and your thinking processes. 

Tips on how to maintain order:

Throw away everything that you haven´t used in more than one year

  • Also everything that is broken or worn-out
  • Delete all you don´t use anymore. 
  • Find a place for every item.
  • Get the habit to always put every item in his place, even at night when you feel to tired.
  • Finish what you started