Keep it simple silly. In our house, we don’t like the word “stupid”, so we use the word “silly” instead.
Whether I’m working with individuals, teams, or entire organizations, I find that too often, we make things way more complicated than they need to be. What do you make complicated in your life? Whether it’s managing finances, dealing with conflict, increasing productivity, improving communication or almost anything else, I have found that most of the time, the more we can simplify it, the better off we are.
Here are 7 areas of your life where keeping it simple might be a better approach:
1. Productivity. Smart phones, gadgets, calendars, planners, and all kinds of productivity tools exist. While you can get completely caught up in trying to have all of these things manage your productivity, they aren’t the solution. K.I.S.S.
approach? Identify your priorities. Schedule them. Stick to them. Do the next right thing.
2. Relationships. Whether you’re listening to Dr. Laura or Dr. Ruth, we tend way over complicate relationships. K.I.S.S. approach? Go beyond the Golden
Rule and use the Platinum Rule. Treat people they way THEY want to be treated. Listen, empathize, and focus on the goal. Stop trying to be right and focus on getting it right.
3. Money. Our current economic climate is a perfect example of how over complicated we make finances. K.I.S.S. approach? DO NOT spend more than you make. Period.
4. Health. Diet pills, magic juices, and fad diets DON’T work. K.I.S.S.
approach? Burn more calories than you take in. (That means smaller
portions and exercise, not starvation). There is no magic pill or diet. The human body needs physical activity.
5. Work. You can’t change anyone. K.I.S.S. approach? If you’re not happy with your boss, your co-workers, or your job in general, you either have to adjust your expectations or find another place to work.
6. Attitude. While I, and several thousand other people, study and write about
attitude, it’s just not that complicated. We believe what we tell ourselves. K.I.S.S. approach? If you’re not getting the result you want, change
the message and practice until it becomes a habit.
Don’t get me wrong, I know that many times each of these areas take more work and effort than a simple approach, but most of us get so caught up in the details and complicate things way more than we need to.
What can you do this week to K.I.S.S.?