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Simplicity: Is your Work Satisfying to Your Soul?

Published on 10/10/2017
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“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary will speak.”

Hans Hofman


I’ve been reading, The Simplicity Survival Handbook by Bill Jensen and it has some interesting tidbits. It basically focuses on being more efficient in all aspects of your work life and also determining if particular work environs are good for you.


This handbook is one of those books that’s chock-full of advice and nuggets that you can use as needed. It’s even the kind of book that  has one page tear-outs at the end, with summaries of key tools and ideas. It’s designed for you to get what you need as quickly as possible without having to read the entire book at once.  It’s a book you can skim and find the areas that are relevant for you and then pass it on if you like (which is what I plan to do).


One of my favorite short stories in the book is about “thinking like a customer” and it’s designed to help one think about if your work environment is helping you to do your best work (in a world that wants everything bigger, better and faster).


According to Jensen, when we walk into a store, we would immediately leave if the store did not have the product we were seeking. We would also notice if the store was maximized for profits with little attention to service and a customer’s needs.


He says that most people would not stick around and would probably dis the retailer. His advice is that you need to take a hard look at the work you do and decide if you are in an environ (at work or working on your own) that is satisfying and respectful to you and if not, you, just like the client above, should leave. You shouldn’t stick around hoping that things will change. If you don’t tolerate this low-level behavior in a store, you definitely should not tolerate mediocrity or worse in other (more important) areas of your life.


What do you think? Is your work environment fulfilling your needs? If not, have you taken the steps toward something that is more satisfying to the soul?


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