If you’re like me, you complicate things for the greater good, or so you think. If you are always striving for a better way to do something, forever nudging picture frames straight and smoothing imperfections, it may behoove you to ask why? Why in the middle of completing a task are you always striving for a more perfect version? Why does it have to be so complicated? If you answer, “Because that’s better”, I get it. I am the queen of complicated, just ask my team! However, have you ever calculated how much time and effort you’re putting into that last bit of perfection?
I have a great friend who works with surgeons, and she told me that in cardio-vascular surgery, the surgeon’s goal is an 85% clearing of an arterial blockage. If the surgeon goes back for the last 15%, the odds turn against a favorable outcome. Going for perfection can end in disaster.
So I ask you, is there a way to make your life less complicated? Maybe you choose cut up veggies to cook with instead of spending your lunch hour picking perfect produce, only to let it rot in the fridge because you don’t have the energy to cook. This may or may not be an example from my own life. Maybe you just ride to school or work in silence, instead of searching for the perfect song or podcast to listen to, so you can multitask learning and driving. Maybe you stop multitasking altogether and just do the next thing on the list, being fully present for that one task. Maybe you stop trying to play chess with your relationships, “If she said this, she probably means this, and then I should do THIS.” Girl, that’s exhausting! And it has no beneficial effect on the friendship. Complicated isn’t helpful, it’s just complex.
Instead, let’s ask ourselves a different question, “How can I simplify this?”
How will you simplify today? Send me a message at firstname.lastname@example.org or write your simple goals on the Big Board at Girl Power Station!