“The simplest way to achieve simplicity is through thoughtful reduction.” – John Maeda, The Laws of Simplicity
1. Organize your necessary materials. It will be difficult to be active in your projects if you have your work materials scrambled all over the place. You end up looking for things you need instead of being productive. Instead of finishing your article you have been writing, you end up trying to remember what computer you left it on.
If this sounds like a situation you are in, it is time to organize. For example, our Uhsome team uses Gmail for all emailing, GoogleDocs to share documents and DropBox to send big files. If you are like us, you probably are working anywhere from work, home or your local coffee shop. Using those three tools, you will not have to constantly remember which computer you left your files on.
2. Give yourself a clean slate to create. Your focus can be disrupted by messiness. Having all your work scattered will prevent you from processing information to your brain as well as you do in an organized and clean environment.
If you want to enhance your productivity, you need to get rid of all interruptions. Take off the unnecessary materials from your desk that are not relevant to your daily work. If you are not able to do this, try finding a peaceful place somewhere else – it can be a conference room or an empty work table.
3. Examine your ideas on paper. We have become so used to using more advanced programs; we end up not remembering the effectiveness with writing on paper. Putting your thoughts on paper has been the most efficient way to develop your creative ideas.
Even though the more intricate programs are great for completing projects, they sometimes are not the fastest way to find solutions to your ideas. Ask yourself this question: Are you spending more time fooling around with Photoshop when you could be drawing out your thoughts? Are you just fidgeting around pointlessly with PowerPoint, when you could be drawing out each slide on an index card?
Whatever the simplest way is, try it. It could be that much quicker for you.
What are your methods for simplifying?