“Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.”
To simplify is a very complex process. Simplification implies a full understanding of the process/item that is to be simplified in efforts to create greater efficiencies and/or increase one’s quality of life. The following paragraphs outline 7 steps you can take to simplify your life to create more space for what matters most.
Gain a Full Understanding of What You Want to Simplify
Ask: Is This (object/process) Mission Critical?
Examine Your Objectives
Look Where Others Do Not
Create Space to Think and be Still
Apply the Concept of First Principles
Consult the Fool
The above seven steps will allow you to realize what truly matters while gaining a full understanding of the environment around you. Remember, simplification in and of it self is hard. Thus, there is great fruit and opportunity for those who seek to simplify processes, things, and lives. Simplification means understanding, mastery, and desire. Practice simplifying every day and realize how much space there is to further simplify and accomplish great feats.
-Justin A. Burger, MBA