Do You Know the Difference?
Living your best life doesn’t just happen. It needs to be by choice rather than by chance.
Your best life requires design and planning. And they are closely associated.
But in my mind, designing is different than planning. Designing is the vision of what you want your life to look like. As the architect of your life, you design it the way you want it to be.
A common mistake people make is delegating or outsourcing—both good things to do—without setting up a system or even a simple reminder to make sure what was done was done the way it was intended.
I recently had our gutters cleaned by a young, ambitious contractor with some top-of-the-line pressure-washing equipment. I explained that it was a bit tricky around our pool and courtyard as the roof tiles extended almost all the way over the gutter.
When he was picking up to go, I grabbed a ladder and looked down the gutter on one side of the pool and saw that it was still chuck full of leaves and pine needles.
Many people in their Golden Years (or approaching them) look to downsize their home and reduce their expenses. I’m not interested in downsizing (at least for now), but I am totally committed to simplifying what I do and how I do it—both personally and professionally.
If you’ve been around me and SuccessNet very long, you’ve probably heard of my favorite acrostic—SODA. I coined it over 20 years ago. It stands for Simplify, Organize, Delegate or Automate.
This article focuses on Simplification.
I see it all the time with coaching and consulting clients. Their lives and their enterprises grow in complexity, resulting in confusion, chaos and overwhelm.