Wednesdays are simplicity days at SimpleProductivity blog.
I came across this TED talk by Jon Jandai in one of my blogs. It was captioned “The Best TED Talk. Ever.” Nothing more.
So I watched it, not really knowing what to expect. In the end, it made me think. And not in a flippant “Hm” for a second sort of way. I have been turning this video over in my head for over a week now.
Here it is:
(If you can’t see it, the link is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21j_OCNLuYg)
The thing I took away has given me a new drive for simplicity.
Because as I watched it, I realized that I do make my life more complicated than it needs to be.
I don’t know that I will ever get to the level that the speaker talks about, but I do know that I am going to get away from the work/buy/upkeep rat race that I am in. I might not be able to live in an earthen house I built myself, but I am going to do my best to draw the line.
The thing is, it doesn’t just apply to the big life things. It also applies to the little things. Do I need the fancy coffee from the shop or can I save the time and make it at home? Do I need new clothes when I have a closet full of clothing that is perfectly fine, other than I am tired of it? Do I need to go out to eat when I have food at home, and I am just too lazy to cook?
It also applies to how I do things. Do I need to correlate all the project notes in all the folders? Do I need to keep copies of all the emails I send? Do I need to respond to every phone call or email? Do I need to use new software to keep myself on track? Do I need to keep looking for better? Bigger? Shinier?
The video really gave me some things to think hard about. What do you think of it?
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