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Stop Over Complicating Things – Just KISS

May 8, 2017 in Knowledge Cell

Make things simple

Too often, we over complicate things in our lives in an attempt to display our intelligence. We micro-analyze every single piece of information that comes our way. We focus on the negative rather than focusing on the more uplifting things. We fail to embrace our shortcomings and instead see ourselves in the negative light.

Straying far from the obvious

Suppose you are a marketer and selling digital cameras. You have optimized the site well. Thus, search engines direct consumers to your company website for common camera terms. There they find extensive information about the features, technical details, and product photos. They wander on your site for a few minutes and leave the page unsatisfied. You lose out on a potential customer. Most of us have at some point of time been subject to excessive information when in reality we intended to simply make an online purchase.

In our bid to race ahead, we focus on explaining details rather than what is really important. There are always schedules, projects, diet plans, workouts that keep us bogged down forcing our minds into an overdrive most of the time.

What most of don’t realize is that we are inundating ourselves with so much information that it becomes difficult to think straight. We over complicate the simplest of things thus wasting our time and energy. We have embraced complications as a habit rather than a conscious drive that implores us to improve.

Making our life more complex only opens a door towards more complexity, the end of which is unnecessary clutter. What we all need to learn is to stop over complicating and micro-managing things.

Keep it Simple, Stupid (KISS)

The objective of any process should be to deliver the simplest possible outcome. Keeping the sales pitch for example, focused on the obvious is a better way to make a sale.

Limiting your options to a bare minimum doesn’t mean you have to compromise in any way. It means you can focus on what is the best. Practicing frugality in your business allows you to communicate better with your precious customers, staff, and suppliers about what you’re trying to do.

Overthinking could also mean that you doubt your own performance in reality. Oprah Winfrey simply puts it across as “If it doesn’t feel right, don’t do it. That’s the lesson. That lesson alone, will save you a lot of grief. Even doubt means don’t.”

A few tips to keep it simple.

  • Focus on one instead of many
  • Communicate clearly
  • Be honest
  • Less is more
  • Embrace the present moment

Stripping back an idea to its core values applies to all facets of what we do. Be it product development, marketing, advertising, copy writing, or how we communicate with each other in our day to day conversations, keeping it simple is just so important. We can all benefit if we realize that there is a tremendous genius in our ability to keep things simple. Think of the shortest and smartest way to get something done, it might not always be easy but it will be worth it. Use this at your workplace and you will things going quite smooth. Almost everything in our life is simpler than they way we think about their complexity.

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