Simplify – when good advice goes bad

It’s almost too late to talk about New Year’s resolutions but I had to draw attention to this one: “Simplify,” the writer says. Great advice!

But did the writer didn’t stop there? Sadly, dear readers, she didn’t. She complicated “simplify,” adding three other points and thereby not only stomping on her message but contradicting it pretty thoroughly.

simplify - my new year's resolution

Yep, it’s always lovely to find oneself quoted in an article. In this case an interminable round-up of resolutions from business owners. Scroll down. Nope, keep scrolling. I’m in there somewhere.

In my defense, I was responding to a query from Help a Reporter Out. Would the reporter have noticed a one-word response? I don’t know. I can only hope that anyone who does scroll down far enough to find this does not fully understand the meaning of the word “simplify.”

Simplify: Priority vs. Priorities

Once upon a time, Greg McKeown tells us in his book Essentialism, the word “priority” was only used in the singular. Our ancestors recognized that you could only have one thing that you do prior to others. (I feel like I’ve written about this before, but a search of my blog comes up empty.)

Now in the age of multitasking, the only time we use “priority” in the singular is when we’re getting on an airplane. Who hasn’t been annoyed waiting for the “priority boarding” to finish?

When I opened up my planner for this lovely new year, I noticed a box at the top of the page: “This Week’s Focus.” In the past, I’ve been tempted to stuff it like a Thanksgiving turkey. This year it gets one thing. One thing a week. One word a week, if I can boil it down that far.

Today’s word—maybe I should see about making a tattoo of it: Simplify.


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