“Keep It Simple,” is an often heard phrase in our daily lives. Seldom does one realize that this 6 lettered word contains a lot of weight. Simplicity may sound like a narrow standard, as simple as it may be to spell and pronounce, but opting the ‘simple method’ can hoard us from a lot of tricky situations. But as human beings, we just have this innate ability to ramp up everything to the next level. 

At the beginning of “Walden,” Henry David Thoreau makes a concise case against the complexity of modern life. “Our life is frittered away by detail. An honest man has hardly need to count more than his ten fingers, or in extreme cases he may add his ten toes, and lump the rest. Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity!” he writes. “Let your affairs be as two or three, and not a hundred or a thousand; instead of a million count half a dozen, and keep your accounts on your thumb-nail….Simplify, simplify.

That was the 19th century, though, and we live in the 21st. In a typical day, we encounter numerous moments when we are delayed, frustrated or confused by complexity. For instance, it is innovation’s biggest paradox; we demand more and more from the stuff in our lives. More features, more function, more power and yet we also increasingly demand that it be easy to use. We live with this conundrum every day. Since a young age we’re taught to simplify algebraic equations, and in return, solving the whole calculation becomes less complicated. Make it a simple formula to your life by cutting out all the negative portions and complications. This would indeed make the life a garden of simplicity.

What’s the simple solution for the complications we face diurnally?

Keeping it simple doesn’t mean you’ll have zero clutter and zero complications. You’re a part of the world, not a secluded monk. You have possessions, electronics, distractions, and occasional hectics. But for the cynics who might say that in this modern world there’s no way of achieving simplicity, there are really only two steps to simplifying.

Identify what’s most important to you; and
Eliminate as much as you possibly can of everything else.

It means getting rid of the clutter, and eliminating all but the essential, so you are left with only that which gives you value. So yeah, it’s as simple as that if you apply this concept to all areas of your life.

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