Simplify Experiment: Part 1

by Jonathan Longnecker

Simplify Experiment Pt 1

Nate and I have been thinking a lot lately about simplifying our lives, both personally and professionally. Not that we have crazy lives, really. Unless you call crazy taking your 4 kids who are 7 and under out to eat by yourself crazy. Like I did last night. And it was a little crazy.

But seriously, we've been pondering how all the things we've placed in our lives might actually be keeping us from staying focused. Apparently decision fatigue is a real thing. You know those people who scream about how important it is to have unlimited choices? Yeah I'm not so sure it's such a good idea.

Maybe the reason we find it so hard to even have the brain space to deal with big picture stuff is because we've spent all day knee deep in inconsequential decisions?

Turns out you can only make so many decisions in a day, and if we're wasting them on low level tasks like what to eat, what to wear or even what item to do right now then we don't have the same amount of mental prowess when it comes time for the big, important decisions.

Maybe the reason we find it so hard to even have the brain space to deal with big picture stuff is because we've spent all day knee deep in inconsequential decisions?

We don't know for sure, but we're going to find out. Over the next several months Nate and I will be tackling the simplification of the professional side of our lives here on the blog. Some preliminary topics we have planned are Email, Billing, Time Tracking, Tools, Social Media and Scheduling. And of course we'll follow up with the results.

Sound fun? Sure it does. Watch this space - it's going to get interesting.

This is Part 1 of our Simplify Experiment. Check out Part 2 and Part 3 if you enjoyed it!

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August 22, 2013

Business, Personal

Comments

  1. That makes a lot of sense, I am looking forward to you future posts on this topic. Keep up the great work guys!

  2. @Dennis Keefe Thanks man!

  3. I’ve taken our three kids out for supper by myself before and it was absolutely delightful. They each sat still the entire time, all ate a full plate of raw vegetables, including zucchini, and if I remember correctly, my oldest even offered to pay the bill with her allowance money; a proposition that I politely declined.

    None of the above is true.

    Well, except the part about going out for supper.

    But seriously, I’m looking forward to hearing what you have to say about simplification, both at work and home. I’ve been doing something similar this past year myself.

  4. @Geof Harries Hahaha that was great! We’ve been thinking about it for a while. Time to start doing something about it.



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