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Simplicity In Working Life – Nerdful Mind #11

March 29, 2020 by Simon Mannes

Last week, we discussed simplicity in our personal life and that it means to eliminate what is nonessential. The same concept can be applied to our working lives.

Simplicity in our work context means:

  • Which tasks are really essential? Which ones just fill my time?
  • Which planned functionality is essential now?
  • Can I avoid complexity here? Does a more straightforward way exist?
  • Why am I doing this? Is there another way to achieve this goal?

When we ask ourselves questions like this, our work-life begins to get more simple. Don’t strive for perfection. Just let simplicity be a guideline to everything you do.

"Things are never as complicated as they seem. It is only our arrogance that prompts us to find unnecessarily complicated answers to simple problems." - Muhammad Yunus

Reading Recommendations

Meditation: In Depth | NCCIH

An in-depth overview of the current science on meditation. The article explains what we know about meditation, what the current research on its effectiveness is, and how safe it is.

Science Explains Why Uncertainty Is So Hard on Our Brain

"Scientists explain what uncertainty does to the brain — and what you can do to make it easier.

In a 1927 essay, the legendary horror author H.P. Lovecraft wrote that ‘the oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.’"

A Detailed Explanation of The KISS Principle in Software

"When you search about the KISS principle on The Internet, you stumble across a lot of websites which will define it in a couple of lines. Therefore, you could think that this principle is easy to understand, easy to apply, or even not really important.

This is wrong, dear reader. Simplicity should be on the top 5 of your main concerns when building an application. It’s essential, but hard to achieve."

Weekly Mindfulness Practice

Take a few minutes and think about someone close to you. Imagine them extremely happy wherever they are right now. See how content they are and hear how calm they breathe. Enjoy their happiness.

End note

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Have a great week

Simon

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