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2016 or Embracing Simplicity

December 28, 2015

Today, I posted my second recording on Spoken; as before, I have also included a transcript of the audio. Enjoy.

2016 will be all about simplicity for me.

In previous years, I have gone with two general use cases:

  1. I have had resolutions and I have made the obvious decision to shirk them.
  2. I have decided to not make a resolution at all.

New Years resolutions don’t work for most people because they lack accountability and they don’t feel forced to continue after that point-of-no-return that ends in missed opportunities. However, I have Shawn Blanc at my side. In his recent online course, The Elements of Focus, I have been following along with each of his ideas and I love what Shawn and his work stands for: understanding yourself, your motivations, and acting on those motivations.

For me, the one thing that has come out of all this learning is a better understanding of myself in that I crave simplicity. This craving comes out in my minimalist tendencies, my frugality, and, recently, inbox zero in my work and personal lives, among many other things. But the reason I bring this up is that simplicity is an overarching theme in my life and I want to better focus on that in the coming year. This is not a resolution, this is a fundamental shift in perception.

Simplicity has to be included in every facet of one’s life or else it means nothing. Below is a list of examples of the accomplishments” and ideas, though not exhaustive, on which I would like to focus in the new year through this new lens of simplicity:

  • Written: What are my priorities and what is taking away from my focus on those priorities? Also, what is my life vision?
  • Physical: Trim my material possessions, including clothing (if I don’t wear it, I shouldn’t have it) and technology (if I don’t use it, I shouldn’t have it).
  • Technological: Rethink my online presence (I used this service once, do I need to continue to have an account with them now? Who am I keeping this account for? If not me, delete it).
  • Focused: Spend more time in contemplation (sans technology), potentially with music, journaling, doodling and coloring, reading physical books, etc.

Since this is not a resolution, there is no way to fail”; this thought process will be a conscious and conscientious rethinking of each part of my day, each decision I make, throughout the coming year. So here’s to 2016.