SIMPLE SENSE STEP 1: START
Before undertaking any program or plan of action you have to START. When it came to simplifying my life I had to actually tell myself that I was going to START TO SIMPLIFY. And, I had to SAY IT. I had to say, “I am going to simplify my life.” I could write it down, I could say in my mind, however, both of those I could lose. The solution, say it out loud, so you are both saying and hearing it being said.
Why out loud? I am making a commitment. I am making a verbal promise to myself, bringing the power of voice to potential action.
I promised myself that I am going to find a way to reduce my stress, be more productive, be more successful, and enjoy life.
I promised myself that I was going to find time to do everything I really needed to do AND find time to enjoy my lovely wife and amazing, super-intelligent, spectacular, beautiful little daughter.
This is the first step to Simple Sense, to actually START. Making a commitment may seem easy, but too often we say we are going to do something, but put it off. We have just too many items on our to-do list today, we are just too tired, or we throw some other roadblock in the way to prevent ourselves from making that verbal promise.
The thing is that you don’t just commit to start one-time and that is good for every situation where Simple Sense can be applied. Nope, it just doesn’t work that way. I really feel that it is context specific. We need to make a commitment to one area of our lives at a time, tackle it piece-by-piece. This makes it more manageable, and we get to experience the benefits faster. Small successes line the path to monumental accomplishments.
Plus, this approach falls in line with my belief in single-tasking, and not multi-tasking. We need to do one thing at a time, do it really well, and then we are ready to move on to the next accomplishment on our list.
For me, I started to simplify my gadgets and my use of technology. I knew I was being USED BY my technology and no longer a USER. You know that technology is controlling you when it invades every aspect of your life and every relationship. Texting while at dinner with my family and seeing another family at a table across from us all using some iPhone or iPad was my wake up call. “Walk away from the device, Sir!” And, I did. But first, I had to say, “I am going to simplify my technology.”
Here’s a quiz: raise your hand if you have more than 5 apps on your phone. Now raise your hand if you have more than 10 apps, 20 apps and that’s counting the ones you have, took off your phone, but still live on your iTunes. Top that off with the fact that I had 3 apps for every task. 3 calendar programs, 3 map apps, 3 versions of Texas hold’em. Each promises that it is better the other. Each telling me that they can help me succeed. None of which I used because I couldn’t find them on my phone.
Our world doesn’t always make this easy, but taking the first step, making a verbal promise, raises your awareness and directs you to a path of success, less stress, and greater fulfillment.