Growing From a Place of Simplicity
- If you’re trying to grow and improve, it’s tough to do that when things are complex.
- Instead, simplify things to make it easier to change behaviors.
- Try implementing a few techniques to simplify and grow.
Any time we have goals in life, there are obstacles we need to overcome to reach them. Some are immovable and part of the journey, but others are self-imposed. Back in our college days, maybe it was a course that required a lot of effort to pass, but we kept oversleeping and missing class. Maybe now it’s a goal of eating healthier, but we cruise down the candy aisle whenever we’re at the grocery store. Or maybe we’re trying to get a good night’s sleep, but we’re scrolling our phones right before bedtime.
We often complicate things for ourselves, and doing so makes it difficult to grow and improve. We can only grow from a place of simplicity. It really helps to set things up so they’re automatic, making it easy to behave in a way that’s in line with our goals.
BJ Fogg’s book, Tiny Habits, gives good advice on establishing easy ways to change behaviors. They’re ways to simplify things in your life. So, what are some examples of this?
Well, there’s the use of visual cues, for one. Perhaps you want to start working out every morning. Try stacking your workout clothes in a place where you’ll see them when you wake up. Make them your visual cue to exercise.
Some people use visual cues to help with better eating habits. Placing a note on your refrigerator that reminds you not to midnight snack is one way to do this. Another is the absence of visual cues – NOT bringing sugary foods and junk foods into your house helps with “out of sight, out of mind.”
Another way to simplify is to create a simple goal list. Each quarter, write down the tasks that you want to complete over the course of 30, 60, and 90 days. Keep it simple – just 10 to 15 items total. Look at it once a week and check off what you’ve accomplished. By the end of the quarter, you’ll likely have completed 80% of the list.
Then there are our smart devices. They’re meant to simplify our lives – all the information we need is in one spot, right? Well, they’re also constantly dinging with notifications and they’re a huge distraction when we’re trying to get things done. So be smart about your smart devices:
- Never keep them in your bedroom (you’ll sleep better for it).
- Turn off all those notifications (or really pare them down to the absolute essentials, such as a notification for important meetings only).
- Consider having two smart phones if you really want to get serious: one solely for work and one solely for your personal life, so you can focus on your friends and family without work interrupting you.
There are many ways to simplify, and these are just a few. If you feel a bit stuck and want to grow and improve an area of your life, try looking at ways to grow from simplicity, not complexity. Until next time, enjoy.
If you’d like to read more on this topic, here are a few of our past Coyle Blog posts that you might enjoy:
Gary Klaben serves as a Financial Advisor, and visionary for Coyle Financial Counsel. He has over 30 years of experience and is the author of Changing the Conversation, Wealth of Everything and co-author of The Business Battlefield. Whether advising his clients, mentoring his team, or coaching entrepreneurs, he is always simplifying complexity and motivating others to take the next action that’s right for them.
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