Simple Does Not Mean Easy

One of the first things I wanted to point out about this blog and life in general is that the terms simple and easy are often interchanged.

However in the world of self improvement and change, they are very different things.

You’ll find almost all self-improvement changes are fundamentally simple:

  • Focus on one thing at a time, don’t multitask
  • Eat healthier to be healthier
  • Do the most important thing first to be more productive
  • Exercise to improve your mind and body
  • Focus on what is truly important and ignore what is irrelevant

These aren’t hard concepts to understand. In fact they can be stated in sentence. Sure, there are details e.g. what is meant by “exercise” that
take more explanation, but the details don’t change the fundamental principles of each one of these concepts.

The problem lies in the fact that people confuse simple with easy. In many cases this couldn’t be further from the truth.

If it were easy to do all these simple things, there wouldn’t be a mass-market for self improvement media.

This is one of the core themes of this blog. Most of the principles you’ll come across are simple, or often just common sense. That’s not the
issue, just because you understand something doesn’t mean you do it (otherwise why would people choose to continue smoking for example?)

Keep manifesto

  • Keep building on your successes.
  • Keep communicating to develop relationships.
  • Keep eating well and drinking lots of water.
  • Keep focus to get one thing at a time done.
  • Keep it simple, your life, your stuff.
  • Keep practicing, and improving.
  • Keep reading and learning new things.
  • Keep smiling, stay happy.
  • Keep moving, stay healthy.

That’s nice, but we never use it

Not the words you want to hear from the users of your product! It happens when you build more than you need to, when you don’t stick to simple, and improve incrementally based on real world feedback. Don’t rely on your initial design about what you should build. Designs are created in a vacuum, they are a best guess on how to build the thing you are going to build. What they really do, is document the original idea for something.

Don’t get me wrong, designs are very important, but the problem is it is very difficult to determine exactly what it is that will make your product useful, until it has actually shipped. Who’s to say all that time you spent on that feature will pay off before you ship? It may be completely ignored because people don’t like it, or just don’t have a need for it.

So next time you’re creating something, keep to the absolute essence, the very core of the product idea and deliver just that. After you ship, you’ll have no shortage of ideas about what you need to put in next. In fact, you’ll need to vet them just to shorten the list!