“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.”
— Hans Hoffmann
OK, as many of you know, simplicity is one of my favorite subjects. Therefore, it was rather easy for me to choose this quote for today’s post. What is important to us? Do we even know? How do we detemine what’s important to us? Here are some suggestions. Allocate time and intentionally remove yourself from what I call the ‘noise’ or the ‘unnecessary’. I believe that it’s only in the ‘quiet’ zone, that you are able to reflect on what is important to you or as this quote calls it, the ‘necessary’.
How do you eliminate the unnecessary or the noise?
March 27, 2013 at 10:48 pm
Reading a great little book called “The Laws of Subtraction: 6 Simple Rules for Winning in the Age of Excess Everything” by Matthew May. When I’m done I’m planning on buying a few extra copies and leave them strategically placed around the office. On a personal note, although I haven’t figured out how to eliminate the noise or the unnecessary, the trick that I found that works is to set aside 10 minutes at the start of each day to make a list of what I’d realistically try to accomplish that day. The key is the term “realistically” – I don’t always accomplish everything on the list, so I carry those forward to the next day. By the end of the week I feel at least some sense of control and accomplishment.