Simplicity - one of the secrets to success

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Simplicity - one of the secrets to success
Ciara Conlon , Business Consultant

Taking the time to simplify and de clutter your life is time well invested, by eliminating the baggage and disorder in your life you will benefit from decreased stress and increased productivity and efficiency


In the current age of globalisation and technology the word simplicity doesn’t appear to fit in. But there has become an increasing realisation that it must factor in our daily lives if we are to make it through the recession and into the next phase of growth. Business and stress have returned to many people’s lives as moratoriums on recruitment and increased pressure to perform in order to remain employed have become the norm in most people’s lives. How do you maintain this increased workload, increased pressure and increased pace of life?

The answer is we can’t; we must learn to slow down to achieve more, to simplify and to reduce.

Here are a few simple ways to reduce the workload and distress your life.

Delegation:
Delegation: handing over of work to another. This should become a comfortable part of your everyday life. Be it at home or at work never do anything that somebody else can do for you.

De- Clutter:
De- clutter your mind and your environment. Schedule time to clear out your office and clean up your files, it’s amazing the psychic confusion we experience when we have a chaotic environment.

Simplify workspace
Take a look at your working environment; remove anything in it that does not help you to complete your daily tasks.

Simplify your systems
Some people use too many systems reminders on their iphone or blackberry, to do lists in their diaries and task reminders in outlook, too many systems have the effect of complicating not simplifying your life

Simplify your commitments
Are you doing too much? Check out your appointment calendar day time and evening and assess whether you are committed to too much.

Reduce online submissions and newsletters etc
Take stock of your online presence, are you submitting to Linked in, Facebook, Twitter ? Which ones add value to your life and which ones are time wasters?

Taking the time to simplify and de clutter your life is time well invested, by eliminating the baggage and disorder in your life you will benefit from decreased stress and increased productivity and efficiency.

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