The Oaks Ignore Their Pleas

Simplicity is t…

Posted in General by Jeff Graves on March 17, 2014

Simplicity is the most difficult thing to secure in this world; it is the last limit of experience and the last effort of genius.
George Sand

When there’s a lot going on, it’s really easy to find yourself reacting to nearly everything, and not acting particularly thoughtfully or consciously.  The to-do list is too long, there are too many appointments on the calendar, too many people to talk to…so you tend to bounce from one thing to the next, relying on your memory and your ability to think on the fly to get yourself through each event of the day.

But for me, and I suspect for most people, that’s not the way to get really good work done.  My best work comes when I can spend some time thinking and preparing for what’s to come, and the only way to make sure that preparation happens is to make time for it.  That, in turn, means setting aside less important stuff, and saying no more often, which is usually where I struggle.  It’s a cliche, but it’s true: simple is hard – hard to do, hard to make time for and hard to reconcile with our crazy, lightning-paced world.

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