Can You Simplify at Work?

Little ShoeWould you like to simplify at work but fear you cannot do so without jeopardizing your position or prospects?  If so, you are not alone.  This can be a paralyzing dilemma, particularly when others are dependent upon your work performance and/or income.

Rather than take rash action or settle for permanent quiet desperation, consider whether implementing baby simplification steps would assist in determining     1) if improvement within existing work parameters is possible; and  2) if greater life changes are needed.

Too Important to Simplify?

The greatest obstacle to pursuing simplicity at work may be our self-concept. We may bristle at the suggestion that our important and highly skilled work could be performed as well or better if we implemented simplification techniques.

We may also wish to maintain a maximum hour, full throttle persona as proof of our commitment, drive and excellence. We may fear that any boundary setting will suggest to our superiors, colleagues and patrons that we “just can’t cut it”.

It is in this uncomfortable place that making even minor changes to pursue simplicity  requires thoughtful consideration and courage.

Simplicity Steps to Implement at Work

If you decide to take action to simplify at work, there are numerous helpful resources. One of my favorites is Leo Babauta’s post at which lays out basic steps which most of us can take at work with minimal risk.  These steps include starting early, batching distraction and de-cluttering our work space. Other steps could include automation or delegation of routine tasks.

Simplicity Is Unique to Each Person

Finally,  remember that simplicity is not a cookie-cutter methodology. Each individual’s circumstances, responsibilities, strengths and passions are unique. Simplicity at work can and should take a variety of forms.  In any event, most of us will be pleasantly surprised at how even very small tweaks can yield significant results.


Please let us know what simplicity steps have been successful for you at work in our comments section below. Dave and I would enjoy hearing from you.


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