Overly Complicated

   I don't like it when things are overly complicated. There is no reason to make things more complicated than they need to be. Part of efficiency is to make things simpler so we can save time and get more done. Many people are old fashioned and want to do things a more complicated way just because that is the way it’s done. One thing they don’t realize is that they are wasting time and energy and all they need to do is take some time and review their processes and see what can be modified and cut out. 

    One thing that is overcomplicated for one person may not be for someone else. For example, there are things that I do that seem very complicated, but actually help me. My schedule, time budget, and to do list are very detailed to the point that it may seem like it is overly complicated and not useful. For me it is worth the investment of time to be efficient and to be able to track what I am doing so well that I stay on track. For someone else, another method works. There is not one definition of "overly complicated". It is different for everyone. Nevertheless, it is always a good practice to review your schedule, to do list, time budget, financial budget, and/or anything else in your life. You can usually make things simpler and more efficient.

     There is freedom in making life a little more simple. We can usually remember a time in our lives when things were simpler. We often think back on those times and have a good feeling about them. There is a false idea floating around that having more to do or having more material possessions will automatically create happiness. I can personally attest that this is not true! Having too much to do and having too much clutter stresses me out and makes me anxious. 

      I can remember when I was 15 and I wanted to have a lot to do and wished I would be busy with activities. I then got more involved with clubs in high school, started working, and ran track. I was busy and I liked it a lot for a while. I enjoyed being busy with activities in my undergraduate studies in college as well. However, after I graduated and was working full time, I realized there was more value in resting and enjoying myself. I started to enjoy downtime. Now more recently, I am really particular about how I spend my time and that is why I have a time budget and I track my time so intricately. I am constantly working towards a life that is not overly complicated, I hope you are too!