Weekend Coffee Share Simple Edition

Weekend Coffee Share Simple Edition

Weekend Coffee Share Simple Edition

If we were having coffee or another beverage of your choice, I would ask, what do you do to keep things simple? What do I mean? How do you keep your life from getting complicated? That’s the subject of this Weekend Coffee Share Simple Edition.

Keeping life simple, keeping work simple, keeping relationships simple. Can it be done I ask?

I sure hope so.Weekend Coffee Share Simple Edition

There are so many things we all have to juggle. Sit down and have another cuppa and tell me how you keep things simple. Me? Well I guess I try to take situations at face value and not read too much into them. I read email once or twice a day and either delete it or file. I only file it if I need to keep it? What about you? Any secrets to managing the deluge of digital detritus that vies for our attention every day? Come on, you can tell me. I really do want to know.

What about the physical papers that come in the mail or at the office? One of mentor’s at Texas Instruments years ago introduced me to his piling system. Not filing, piling. He uses three piles. The closest to the center of his desk is things that just came in. As the week goes on, he works his way through the pile. At the end of the week, anything in that pile moves to the pile at the edge of the desk. If there was anything in the pile at the edge, it moves to the trash. So basically, if he never gets to it in two weeks, it’s gone. His thought is that if it’s important to them, they will get back to you.

These are just a couple of things to help keep it simple. I am serious about wanting to know any tips or tricks you use to keep it simple. Please leave a comment below and of course, share with your friends. And don’t forget to visit our hostess Diana. More thoughts on simplicity are here.

Our Coffee Hostess – Parttime Monster

Make sure to stop by and visit DIana at Parttime Monster and link in your own weekend coffee share. Have a great week ahead, keep drinking coffee and keep it simple.

2 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share Simple Edition

  1. masodo

    This is a great topic and has really made me think Shawn. In order to answer “how do I keep my life simplified?” I have to ask myself “do I?”, Really? Keep it simple?

    In this day and age it is not the easiest thing to do. What with the internet and all the immediacy of communications it brings; everyone expecting responses to text messaging and emails as though they should have your undivided attention.

    When I look at the world around me I think one of my biggest moves toward simplification is that (so far) I have refused to get a “smart phone.” and furthermore I have come to terms with the fact that there is no earthly reason to think that I must keep pace with technology of any sort.

    I am not a Luddite by any stretch of the imagination (in fact I am a corporate IT Manager) – the thing about technology is you have to ask yourself “what do I want to do with it?” Do not fall prey to the slick advertising and packaging that attempt to compel you into desire for the latest products. I have found that by being comfortable with operating 4 or 5 years behind the curve (technologically speaking.) I can acquire the older devices for a song and with a little education I can often do more with out-dated equipment than the uneducated can do with the new hardware they cast aside their dust collectors to obtain.

    Well that and sunsets… sunsets are nice too.

    1. shawngriffith Post author

      Well said. One must manage their technology, not the other way around. I’m a corporate technology guy as well. I still prefer sunsets. Thanks for dropping by and sharing your thoughts.


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