Over the years I have observed many people that others might call “successful” in their area of work or life and have learned that: The better one becomes at their area of expertise, the more simple and steady the tools one uses becomes.
What does this mean to you or what does it really look like when fleshed out? It could mean that you need to take a look at the simplicity or complexity of the tools you are using. More is not always better. I truly believe there is a direct relationship between the quantity of tools that you use and the quality of your productivity. Less is more.
Here are just a few places within my blog where you can watch this journey of mine through the different stages of learning about the importance of simplifying. Check them out. To read even more on this topic or to walk through this journey with me, go ahead and put the word “Productivity” in my search field and further your learning journey.
Fewer Gathering Places. The importance of not just simplifying your tools but the places of storage or collecting papers etc. throughout the day. Learn this process for quicker and more efficient productivity.
Not as much about the tool as it is about you. Through this simplifying journey of mine I have read great posts of wonderful tools, and many I re-tweet or re-post as well. For those who advertise all the great tools they are using to simplify their life, months later I read of their life out of control. Read on and learn what I pick up from these lessons.
Lessons on focus. Here is one that is not about tools at all but your focus. Simplifying your focus with fewer tools will make you more effective with those tools. Simplifying your focus into the top 20% of what only you can do and delegate out the rest will help you become more effective as well.
I will end this post with this thought: Have you become too complex with the tools you use that were supposed to make life more simpler? Have you become too overburdened by all the task and projects that you take on? How can you simplify and become more productive by having and doing less for the purpose of having and doing more, better?