I read recently something Einstein said about his shoes.
He said that he only ever had one pair.
When it wore out, he threw them away.
Then he got another pair.
Because he believed in keeping things simple.
In fact, he believed it was so important to keep things simple that he needed to extend that to all the areas of his life. Even shoes.
I’m not there yet.
But I am on a quest to see how simplifying as much as possible can help me, and other Practical Idealists, live our fullest lives.
Did having just one pair of shoes enable Einstein to come up with E= MC2? I don’t know. But he did feel that simplifying across all areas of his life let him excel at approaching some of the most complex and daunting challenges in his field.
So this week, I’d challenge you to find one area of your life that you can simplify.
What can you get rid of or reorganize in under 10 minutes to take up not just less time, or less of your physical space, but less of your mental space?
What nags at the back of your mind and keeps you from fully focusing on what’s in front of you? Keeps you from your aim of a life brimming with meaning and contribution?