You’ve probably heard of the acronym KISS, originally an acronym for "Keep it simple, stupid" a design principle noted by the U.S. Navy in 1960.

 

I’m not too keen on the word stupid so I tend to re-phrase it invariably as

 

Keep it Spiritually Simple

Keep it Straightforwardly Simple

Keep It Simple Simon / Samuel / Susie

Keep it Simply Short

 

You may have your own version

 

The key is to be sincere to the origins of keeping life simple and not overcomplicating it.

 

Indeed, I’ve often read that life IS simple, it is just we who make it unnecessarily complicated.

 

We make of things a drama, a mess, a chaos. We decide things have to be perfect when, in fact, 80% good enough would suffice.

 

We analyse too much, we fantasise, we read into things stuff that isn’t there. We start an argument when we would be best to keep our opinions to our self.

 

We tell ourselves stories – I can’t do this, I can’t do that, that’s too hard, it’s tough, it’ll never work -  and as we think, so we get. And then we prove the point, I can’t do this, that’s too hard etc.

 

If your life has become too complicated, chances are you are engaging in lots of unnecessary and unhelpful habits.

 

So of all the things you do each day, ask yourself

 

            Which of these DO I have to do? Do they need to be done at all?

Which of these do I have to do? Which are essential and essential that you do them?

            Which of these do I HAVE to do? Could someone else do them?

 

Do an internet search for sites that help you to simplify life. Your health will benefit.

 

Here are some ideas : -

  1. Spring clean / declutter your home / your work space / your garden shed / your car. Doing so can lead to a less cluttered mind.

  2. Begin the morning in an unrushed way – plan it the night before. Wake early so that you have some quiet time to read, write, meditate.

  3. Let go of something for a month and at the end of the month – review. Did you notice it had gone? Do you really need it? How much better was life without it?

  4. Identify good habits you would like to form. Identify your “bad” habits – draw up a plan to release them one by one whilst introducing a good one as a replacement. Notice how much lighter life becomes.

  5. Do you need all your gadgets?

  6. Reframe shopping! It isn’t therapy. If you need shopping as therapy, do real therapy and face up to your real issues. Shopping can be a waste of time and money and filled with stress unless it is essential.

  7. Draw up a list of the distractions you engage in. Distractions are probably because you’re afraid of what life would be like without constant Internet, social media, news, TV, games, snacks.

  8. Swap from junk food to simple unprocessed food.

  9. Make time for what’s important: time with your kids, time with your spouse, time for creating, time for exercise. Push everything else aside to make time.

  10. Make time for you – just you.

  11. Say "no" to things that sound really cool, and yes to what’s truly important to me.

  12. Leave some emptiness in each day.

  13. If you can’t learn to sit in a quiet room alone with no distractions, you won’t be able to simplify.

  14. Buying things doesn’t solve problems. Neither does food.

  15. It’s better to have six books on your shelf that you’re really going to read than a hundred you never get around to.

  16. Travel lightly through life.

  17. Your attention is your most valuable possession. Give it as a gift to the people you love most, not a bunch of clowns on the Internet. Give it to what matters most, not distractions.

  18. Sometimes distractions are nice.

  19. Focus on love, not fear. Worrying does not help.

  20. You can’t have a simple life if you’re unwilling to let go of what you’ve become used or habituated to.

 

This website

 

Every page on this site is quite detailed, but it is detailed with just enough on each topic; if you need more, you can do your own research. It is not meant to be exhaustive.

 

We try to keep K.I.S.S. in mind.

 

© 2017,2018,2019,2020 by Andrew Hunter

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