As I seek to “travel light” for 2015, I’ve become more aware of how I unnecessarily complicate my life and distract myself from “the vital few” that matter most. I’ve abandoned complex workouts, preferring to focus on just four daily exercises – walking 10,000 steps, doing pushups or bench presses, and performing crunches and lunges. The simpler I make things become, the more likely I am like I am to follow through. The fewer things I have, the easier it is to find what I’m looking for without the need to organize everything.
From workouts to websites, simplicity can make a big difference. Focus on the fundamentals, rather than delving into the details.
- Want your computer to run faster? Close unnecessary programs.
- Want to a stronger core? Stop wasting energy on unrelated exercises.
- Want to read more books? Quit reading newspapers and watching TV.
- Want more people to read your website? Stop distracting them with nonessential content, buttons, and widgets.
- Want to master key skills? Quit diffusing your efforts over multiple projects.
Learning to ignore, reduce, and remove the nonessential choices leads to making better choices regarding the ones that really matter. Simplicity becomes harder when having to choose between two good options. But those choices are just as important and often require prayerful discernment. It requires knowing what you have said “yes” to in order to say “no.”
Decide what is really important to you and eliminate the rest. Simplifying your options can improve your decision-making because it’s so much easier to do the right thing when you’re not surrounded by the extra things. The simplest way to improve your performance and execution is to eliminate your distractions. What might you let go of in order to be at your very best?