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Keep It Simple, Stupid

simpleWe’ve all heard the mantra of Keep It Simple Stupid (KISS) in the workplace. The benefits of this philosophy are clear, in that workers understand what their roles are, the organisation’s vision is clear, and productivity increases as staff spend less time trying to understand and follow complex procedures. Generally speaking – the simpler, the better.

Bring KISS from your career to your personal life

If it works in the business world, why not apply the same principle to your personal life? Do you want less stress, more productivity and fewer complications? Following the KISS principle could be the answer.

Simple KISS Tips:

  • Assess your physical environment. Do you have a lot of “stuff” lying around that you really don’t need? Get rid of everything that doesn’t have a real purpose for you. Tidy up, as a messy home encourages a sense of disorganisation. A tidy home promotes a sense of calm. Marie Kondo it!
  • Prioritise. Have you got too much on your plate? It’s difficult to do things right if you’re not focused, so try eliminating some activities or tasks from your routine that are not that important to you.
  • Schedule tasks. If you’re time-poor, scheduling specific tasks for specific times is vital for success. Schedule, schedule, schedule.
  • Assess your relationships. Are you wasting time and energy on relationships that never seem to get better? Are you honest and up-front with your friends and family, or do you let bad feelings fester so as to avoid conflict? Take positive action to resolve relationship issues once and for all.
  • When writing goals and plans, make them as clear and concise as possible. The shorter, the better. If your plans are comprised of pages and pages of different ideas and strategies, it’s going to be incredibly difficult to actually put anything into practice. Stick with a simple, specific goal, and a few smart strategies to help you achieve it.
  • Finish one thing before starting another. Sometimes this isn’t practical, but the more you do this, the better off you’ll be. Multi-tasking is a myth!
  • Learn to say “no”. You don’t have to say yes every time someone asks you for a favour. If you give valid reasons for your refusal, most people will understand that you may actually have more pressing priorities, and they’ll respect you for it.

Life coaching can help you to identify your priorities, get rid of clutter, and zero in on what’s most important. Keeping it simple reduces stress, increases focus, and makes life less complicated. Why wouldn’t you want that?

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