Here’s a (not so) fun fact about me: I’ve always had a pretty organised mind. I love systems and spreadsheets and processes and I LOVE making things more efficient.
I guess that’s why I became an engineer.
I know, I’m cool, right? ?
But over the years, I’ve learned that this nerdy little obsession of mine is actually one of the main factors behind my success.
So often I see people give up on their goals because they get overwhelmed.
They want to lose weight so they sign up for a fancy gym near work – imagining this new life where they get up two hours earlier than they currently do, get on the bus, travel to the gym, work out, then shower and do their hair and get dressed and head to work.
But there are so many steps involved in that plan. Every morning you need gym clothes and shoes, plus you need a bag packed with your work clothes, work shoes and clean undies, and shampoo and conditioner, probably a hair dryer and maybe your make-up bag too.
Add packing a healthy lunch and snacks and suddenly your morning to do list is a complex jigsaw that needs a shitload of brain power to comprehend, all before it’s even hit 6am.
And what do we know about complexity?
It kills repetition. It makes forming a habit (aka the key to success) almost impossible.
So, let’s make things simpler.
Whatever it is that you’re working towards, use these questions to help simplify what you’re doing:
How could I make this easier and simpler for myself?
Could you go for a run around your neighbourhood instead of joining a gym? What steps can you eliminate from the process?
How could I set myself up for success?
e.g. Could you pack your bags the night before and lay out your workout gear/keys/water bottle by your bed? I used to make myself a coffee each night before bed. I wouldn’t drink it then! I’d set it next to my bed and when my alarm went off in the morning, I would skull it cold. I’m hardcore like that ?).
As a new Mum, running a business, travelling for work, and training for Coast to Coast, I am constantly asking myself the questions above.
Some days, I’ll answer those questions and realise going to the shops to buy groceries is adding too many layers of complexity into an already hectic day. So, Michael and I will eat the same meal for a few nights in a row, or we’ll be forced to get creative with what’s already in our cupboard, or we’ll re-order the same online grocery order as last week!
We’re simple people (simple, not simple-minded ok?!). And you can be a simple person too ???
Remember, complexity is the enemy of success. So, keep it simple! – Tweet it!
Right, over to you.
Ask yourself those questions above and let me know your answers, in the comments below.