Simplicity is Subjective

The term “simplicity” gets thrown around a lot these days, much like its sister terms “zen” and “minimal.”

While there certainly is a definition to the word simplicity, the true meaning of simplicity is derived by only one person.


I may find using an electronic method of productivity management a simple way to keep track of things. You may find using a notebook is what works for you because you’re not all that adept with technology.

I may be a night owl who works better after 10 pm. I know that is a time when my work comes more naturally to me. You may get up bright and early in the morning because it makes your day simpler. You get your important work done first thing and have the rest of the day to do with (more or less) as you choose.

My desk is sparsely covered with only the barest of essentials. Your desktop is equipped with a filing system and you have all tools available to you that may be needed during your workday. My desk is set up that way because my workflow is simplified with less of what I consider “clutter.” Your desk is simplified because when everything you need is at your disposal, your workday flows better.

My version of simplicity isn’t your idea of the term, nor is yours representative of anyone else’s.

When you figure out what works best for you, you also know what your version of simplicity is. Once you do that, your version of simplicity is no longer just subjective.

It will also allow you to better reach your objectives.

One of the best things you can do to figure out how and what to simplify is to step back and conduct a review. We’re at the time of the calendar year where the majority of the year is ahead of you. Spend some time in reflection doing a review through journaling. You’ll be glad you did.

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