It is very easy to create stress in our lives by making things too complicated. For example,we endlessly collect things and then struggle to find places to keep them. Then when we’ve finally found somewhere to keep them we lose them, because the place is too cluttered. I’ve been in some houses that are so cluttered with pictures and ornaments and furniture etc that I really don’t know where to look. For my part, I have always got far too many projects on the go at any one time and leave clutter everywhere because I don’t finish one thing before I start the next.
When I worked in the NHS I found it to be an organisation that is just too complex to run efficiently. If I could have gone to work, and done my job, on my ward I think that the stress would have been less marked, but there is a constant changing and moving around to juggle numbers on wards which leaves staff stressed out and insecure.
Much as it grieves me to say it, because I laugh at those members of my family who have many systems, one of the ways that we can cope with workplace stress is to have systems. Tried and tested systems take the stress out of work. Although I have few systems at home, I have lists at work and orders in which I do things so that I don’t forget anything. If I did that at home too, maybe I would spend more time relaxing and chilled. These systems don’t always have to be new; old systems that work perfectly well do not need to be changed.
Sometimes, having less choice can decrease stress. I often stand in the supermarket trying to work out which brand or package size is cheapest, when I really don’t need to save those couple of pence and I could be out of the shop more quickly. (I don’t enjoy food shopping)
For Christmas, I insisted on making the Cake and puddings, even though I had enough money to buy them and not much time to make them. I could have simply added them to my trolley with the rest of the Christmas shopping
We lead complicated lives because we fill them too full and can’t keep up with ourselves. Lori Deschene in her blog on her site, Tiny Budha.com says that
Simplicity is chipping away at the endless pile of more, to emphasize what really matters to us individually.
Life is simple but we insist on making it complicated.
New year is a good time to strip away those things that make our lives too busy and complicated. Maybe I should begin listing things in my private life again; or maybe I should look at what I can take out altogether. Then I need to declutter my house and my mind.
The British novelist, Amelia Barr, once said,
It is always the simple that produces the marvellous.
Some of the most amazing inventions are simple. The website au.business.yahoo.com tells us the story of one such invention.
Frustrated by forever marking his hymn books at choir practice, Art Fry realised the need for simple sticky notes.
With the simple application of 3M’s weak glue to some bright yellow paper, the Post-It came to life and generated a whopping $1 billion in sales in 2012 in over 100 countries.