We often overlook or dismiss the simple solutions because they seem, well, too simple. So we spend time and money making things more complex. The more bells and whistles, the better. After all, we get what we pay for, right?
An expensive software program with to-do lists and mind maps and alarms to remind us to stop procrastipinning and procrastitweeting and to get back to work. Yes! Surely this will be the program that turns our lives around and helps us achieve our goals!
Or maybe we just need a notebook and a pen to jot down our goals and the steps we took towards them each day.
Simple almost always trumps complex. If you don't seem to be accomplishing what you'd like to, try simplifying your process. You might be surprised at the clarity that shows up once the distractions are gone.
Originally published January 2012