Simple Solutions

This week I’ve been working on a project that is more complex than I wanted it to be. I tried to come up with all kinds of solutions that all ended up being more complex.

So what did I do?

I took out a pen and a small journal and wrote down all the next steps that I needed to do to make this huge complex project easier. This is an incredibly simple solution to complexity.

I learned through GTD that my brain is not a reliable place to keep important informant for projects. When I start to feel overwhelmed by the complexity in front of me I were down why I’m so overwhelmed. I wrote down next steps. In doing this it helps me to think of other areas where I’m feeling complexity start to overwhelm me.

It’s so simple but we tend to think that because we are “smart” we don’t need simple solutions. If you are truly smart you will look for the most simple solution possible.

Don’t be too clever for your own food. Seek simplicity.

Read Something New This Year

Every year I start a new Bible reading plan. I try to use a different translation every year. This helps me to read these stories in a new way as each translation is a little different.

This year I am using the New Revised Standard Version. This version is even more different because it includes the Apocrypha. These books are not typically viewed as inspired in the Protestant church so I have not really been exposed to them. I don’t think they are expired either (just so you know).

This got me thinking about how important it is to read things that you may or may not agree with. Doing so helps you to see from other people’s point of view. It can also help you to better understand your own beliefs and world view. If you only read people you agree with then you probably aren’t growing as well as you could be.

My brother in law recommended a Manga book. And I said I would check it out even though Manga has never interested me. So I checked out Vagabond from the library. It has a really compelling story, well drawn art and continually developing characters. I would have missed it all if I didn’t take my Brother in Laws recommendation.

This year I want to read more widely so what would you recommend? Leave a comment.