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Simplicity is…Choices

Monday, December 20th, 2010



If you want to live a simple (or simpler) life, you have to make choices. You can’t go out for three or four sports a season; not if you want to do well in any of them. Choose one and stick with it, give it your all. You can’t take three or four classes if you’re working. You’ll run yourself ragged. Again, choose one, do your best. You’ll learn more and retain what you learn.



If you overdo or overload your system, you often come away with less not more. In one of the writing classes I took recently, one member said she was taking 5 other Internet classes. True you don’t get graded on them. But 6 classes at one time? All she probably had time to do was file each for later reading and study. And if she took several classes the next month, the ones she didn’t read will have more piled up on top of them and will soon be forgotten. A waste.


If you play more than one sport at a time, take part in more than one craft, or divide your time between multiple tasks, you can’t give your total attention to any of them. And that means you never give your best to anything. That’s bad.



If you focus on one thing at a time, your attention will improve, the task will go faster and easier, and the result will be better. This does not mean you can’t do all those things, just not all at the same time. Spread them out. Pick one sport a season. Learn one new craft at a time. Give things an order and you’ll look forward to something coming up.



Put the things you want done, want to learn, want out of the way, first; then go through them in order. That’s not to say the order may not change. After all, life happens, flow with it. (It’s much safer that way anyway.) Life is all about making choices, choose the ones you like.  



And remember, this year you want to set up goals, not resolutions. Goals that grow and change as you do. Goals that adapt to your situation. Goals that fit.