With each passing second, more information becomes available than you could ingest, at typical viewing and reading speed, in 80 years. No previous generation on Earth has had more competing demands for its time and attention than this one. George Washington never spent a second watching CNN or making a Facebook post, and he had no Twitter followers.
The infrastructure that holds society in place is based on increasingly sophisticated systems and technology. We’ve reached the point where information comes hurtling at us. Still, simplicity is within your grasp.
Keep it simple
Achieving simplicity begins with the basic notion that you’re the captain of your fate: You are in control, steer the rudder, pull the lever, flip the switch and call the shots.
When you face a challenge, use language that empowers you rather than leaves you in a quandary. Rather than ask, “What can I do?” Ask yourself “What will I do?” When you encounter a problem, recognize that your solution likely is right alongside the problem itself.
To deal with a plethora of available options, dial down the number of choices to make a wiser selection.
Your day and attention span are finite, so focus on vital issues and let the peripheral ones fall by the wayside. Make conscious choices about where you’ll put your time and attention.
To overcome choice overload, create checklists that remind you of important factors to consider in making a decision. When you have to make a choice, often you only need a good set of questions to guide you, save you time, maintain peace of mind and come up smiling.
Seek products designed with intelligence, and recognize that having fewer switches, buttons or dials doesn’t necessarily mean that the product is less sophisticated or offers fewer benefits or features. Quite the opposite might be true.
Before collecting volumes of information to resolve an issue, ask yourself whether someone else has trod the same path. Depending on the size of your personal or professional network, you’re likely to be only three calls away from an expert.
Regardless of your age, everything you’ve learned up to this minute shapes your perceptions and influences your intuition. All of your intelligence, right down to the cellular level, is brought to bear when you make a decision based on instinct. Becoming adept at forsaking information crutches and relying more on your ability to ferret out the information you need leads to a greater sense of grace and ease.
As often as you can, find quiet places and spaces where you can absorb new concepts and new ways of getting things done.
Until now, everything in your life is, in a manner of speaking, a completion. This is true whether things went well or not so well. Every decision that got you here, the struggles and the triumphs, led to this moment. Acknowledge yourself for having made it this far in your life. Recognize that the biggest completion is acknowledging that every choice, accomplishment, failure and bit of growth completes what you started. Your life can continue with more energy, focus and direction when you do.
The most joyful and productive people you know likely have developed the habit of achieving one completion after another, even if they don’t call it that. They silently but continually praise themselves for their efforts, making them ready to face other challenges.
Completions are energizing because they offer a clean end to activities and pave the way for what’s next. Realize that even if things haven’t gone well, your experience from this moment on represents a new beginning.
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