Simplicity: it’s not easy to find. Over at The High Calling, Ann Kroeker explores finding simplicity at work. Is it even possible?
In a high-tech, high-speed world that feels complicated, distracting, and overwhelming, is it any wonder that people are seeking to simplify? Even the president of the United States realizes the wisdom in simplicity. In “Obama’s Way,” a 2012 Vanity Fair article by Michael Lewis, the president is quoted as saying, “You’ll see I wear only gray or blue suits…I’m trying to pare down decisions. I don’t want to make decisions about what I’m eating or wearing. Because I have too many other decisions to make.” The president further advised, “You need to focus your decision-making energy. You need to routinize yourself. You can’t be going through the day distracted by trivia.”
Where can we simplify, avoiding distraction in order to complete more meaningful work? Would “routinizing” ourselves be a way to incorporate simplicity into our workplaces and processes? More subtly, what happens when simplicity works in us, changing the way we process and live out our days?