We've all heard the adage "less is more." Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard had this to say about it: “The more a person limits himself, the more resourceful he becomes.” In this day and age of endless choices and variety, it's easy to become overwhelmed and exhausted. Sometimes we just want things to be simple. Uncomplicated. Predictable.
Take the world of blogging, for example. I switched this week to a new platform to host my blog. I used to use Wordpress, which is versatile and immensely popular. But it requires some maintenance, use of various "plug-in" features and technical versatility. Recenty, the company that hosted my blog had a "denial of service" attack on their shared servers. The result was disruption to my newsletter service, some lost videos, etc. Instead of focusing on my content, I had to navigate the world of digital geekery. Not my cup of tea.
So I switched to a different blog platform. The company is a closed system, meaning they use various templates and manage everything. It's less versatile than a Wordpress site, but guess what? Everything works. They handle it all. So I can focus on my content instead of plugins, updates and related aggravations. They have responsive (smart phone friendly) templates. The one I chose is clean and minimalistic. It allows the reader to focus on my writing. No sidebars, popups or distractions. Just clear images and artful writing.
Blogger James Clear inspired me with his recent post "The More We Limit Ourselves, The More Resourceful We Become." According to James Clear, "The problem is rarely the opportunities we have, but how we use them." He also wrote, " You can use constraints to drive creativity."
Ever watch kids in a Baskin Robbins ice cream shop? They go crazy trying to pick a flavor. Or have you ever gone to a restaurant after a long day at work? You're handed a menu with lots of selections. "What's good?" you might inquire. Bottom line, you're tired. You don't want to face another decision.
Perhaps that's why minimalism has grown in popularity. People are discovering that simplifying their wardrobes and homes free their minds to focus on what's important. Marie Kondo's bestselling book "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing" speaks to this. She encourages us to donate or sell stuff that doesn't bring us joy.
Self imposed limitations have a surprising way of freeing us. I redesigned my work office to a more minimalistic look. I did the same thing with my art studio. Heck, I even did it with this blog.
Less stuff and fewer choices free the mind to concentrate on the essential. It leads to more creativity. Now, when I'm ready to write, all I need is my laptop, my little notebook, and a good cup of coffee. No more worry about the technical headaches of managing a blog.
Give it a try. Set limits and constraints in your life. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised by the positive results.