It would be a real, dramatic stretch to try and argue that life today for the average person was anything like “simple.”
Instead of simplicity, the societies which we all inhabit these days are the most complex and multifaceted that have ever existed – and what’s more, all the noise, turmoil, and chaos of society at large routinely follows us home in the form of things like our social media profiles, on-demand news feeds and TV channels, and more.
If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed on a regular basis, there’s a good chance that making a real effort to simplify your life could be a game changer.
So, here are a few ways simplicity might help your life.
Generally speaking, the more “moving parts” that are involved with anything, the more likely there are to be problems and complications that take an irritating amount of effort and attention to fix.
When things are structurally simpler – such as, for example, having a wet room as a bathroom with wetroom shower trays, as opposed to a carpeted floor – you can afford to simply think less about what’s going on around you.
Things are far more likely to “just work” seamlessly, and the risk of complications diminishes significantly.
This, in turn, means that you will likely have fewer stressful moments and nasty surprises to contend with, and will be able to enjoy a more relaxed existence overall.
Complexity almost always means “more things to focus on and worry about,” and this, in turn, can have a variety of extremely negative downstream consequences.
In order to navigate life while maintaining a reasonably high degree of balance and well-being, we need to be able to filter out as much of the ambient “noise” of life as possible, on a regular basis.
In fact, it’s the opinion of the famous Norwegian Arctic explorer Erling Kagge that moments of regular silence and stillness are essential for getting in touch with the deeper parts of ourselves, and living worthwhile lives, as a whole.
Simplifying things helps to shut out a bit of the ever-present noise that we will have to contend with these days. It gives you a bit of time to take a deep breath, and to find your centre.
Generally speaking, the simpler things are in your everyday life, the easier it will be to adjust on the fly.
For example, if you have fewer everyday obligations that you are committed to, you will likely be much more able to “take a day off” from time to time and to adjust your weekend schedule to match your mood and desires at the time.
While there are exceptions to this rule, complexity often makes you less quick on your feet, and reduces your ability to act dynamically in the world around you. And dynamic action can be a very powerful thing.