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Why Simple Matters

Sometimes, it seems like many people view simple as being a four-letter word. In a world where the desire for more complexity, more features, and just more seems to reign, simple is an idea that’s more of a novelty than it should be. But it’s also a target of scorn and neglect.

But you shouldn’t ignore simple.

Why? Because simple matters.

Simple, regardless of what it’s applied to, means less overhead —both physical and mental. It means less clutter. It means you’re spending less time maintaining and more time doing.

Simple shows you what matters. It show’s you what’s important, whether for doing your work or living your life.

Simple points you to what you need, not what you think you need or think you want.

Simple boils things down to their essentials. It helps you leave a smaller footprint on the planet and in your life. And it has less impact on your wallet.

Simple can help ensure that you’re not burdened with dozens of features that you’ll probably never use. It helps you avoid the contingency mindset.

Simple can help you take back your time and your life. You’re not constantly fiddling and hacking. You’re not constantly twiddling and twerning. You’re not trying to shoehorn yourself into a complex way of doing things. You can get things done and once they’re out of the way, you can devote more time to the people and things in your life that matter.

Simple matters because it removes any number of burdens and can actually help improve your quality of life. Isn’t that what productivity is all about?

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