Simple First

“The more simple my life is, the happier I am.”

Peter Frampton

Until very recently, I had been staying up later and later.

Normally I enjoy getting a solid 8 hours of sleep and getting up early, but for a host of reasons, I’d slowly been staying up (waaaaaay) past my bedtime, slowly inching later into the evenings.

One reason was having more quality time to spend with my fiancée in the evenings. And another big reason was there’s so much that I want to do in the day, that naturally, you see this chunk of “available” time you could use to work longer instead of sleep. This isn’t exactly true, of course. Every hour you borrow from the night, you have to give back in the morning (or pay in the long term with extra sleepiness).

It wasn’t until this week when I got sick and my body forced my dumb-dumb self to go to bed early. No late-night reading. No extra work. Just rest.

Now my sleep is reset, and I feel much better and energized for it!

There are a few lessons from this experience.

Lesson #1: Simple First

It’s usually the smallest or simplest things that make all the difference. Don’t avoid picking low hanging fruit because it’s “too easy”. And don’t forget to look for simple possibilities first, before jumping to complex possibilities.

When in doubt:

  • Drink water
  • Sleep
  • Move
  • Eat well (try a new diet)
  • Talk to someone about it

If simple doesn’t work, then you have my permission to try something more complex.

Lesson #2: Create More Options

Continuing to do something you dislike because it’s the “only option” is not an option. You think it’s the only option because that’s the only option you are giving yourself.

Take a step back and look at the problem from another perspective. Get a birds-eye view. Look at it through the lens of a child, then a 20-year-old, and then a 70-year-old. What would they do differently?

Lesson #3: Always Ask Questions

Questions open the door to who we are. They help us take stock of ourselves and reflect on who we want to be and what we want to do. Don’t just ask yourself a question (like, “what matters most to me?”) sit with it. Ask it every morning for a month. Journal about it. Talk about it aloud to yourself.

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #1102

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