Episode #85 Keep It Simple

Life is not nearly as complex as we make it out to be. This week, Dr. Michael Brown and Russell Catania rediscover the theme of this podcast: bite-sized choices.

Show Notes

Sometimes people try to exit that relationship over the course of a month by slowly decreasing conversation and then seeming kind of distant. And before you know it, it’s been this long, drawn-out process. A ton of emotions have been stirred up instead of just saying, ‘This isn’t what I need anymore. The time has been appreciated, and I’ve grown through this process, but this relationship is no longer what I desire.’
Dr. Russell Catania

Five Problems

  • Human beings have this strange habit of complicating the uncomplicated.
  • Believing the lie that a simple situation is complex is a frequent excuse not to make an obvious and important choice.
  • It is easier to recognize the solutions to others’ problems than the solutions to our own problems.
  • We often make difficult situations worse by stressing out about them.
  • Our physical environments are often so cluttered that it becomes difficult to focus on whatever is most important.

Three Principles

  • We are only a small series of choices away from meeting our most important goals.
  • Simple solutions often involve fewer steps, requiring us to act now rather than later.
  • No circumstance in our lives is so insurmountable that it cannot be broken down into smaller, more manageable components.

Three Paradigms

  • Managing time is often as simple as reducing the hours spent on one activity in order to increase the hours available for other activities.
  • Saving money is often as simple as spending less than we earn.
  • Improving health is often as simple as more sleep and fewer calories, more exercise and fewer hours of TV, more doctor’s appointments and fewer cigarettes.

Five Practices

  • Evaluate the efficiency of your rhythms by considering, “Is there anything I do monthly that I should start doing weekly or anything I do weekly that I should start doing monthly?”
  • When your thoughts and emotions feel chaotic, write them down until they become easier to process.
  • Spend a few minutes every Sunday designing the week ahead.
  • Ask yourself, “In each dimension of life, what is one rhythm I need to add and one habit I need to subtract?”
  • Initiate this conversation with a friend who knows you well: “Are there any problems in my life that I am making more difficult than they need to be?”