The older I get, the more I realize that life is extremely complicated. We decide how complicated we want our lives to be. For me, I’ve decided to simplify over the years.
Following the very similar design philosophy I use to build products, I’ve decided to simplify all parts of my life. Everything is going down to the “minimal viable product” necessary to work.
The best example I can use here is my phone. We’ve all been duped into thinking we need an app for everything. Based on a Nielsen study from 2012, the average US phone has 41 apps downloaded . That’s a lot of apps! I had over 60 apps downloaded on my phone. I’ve got it down to 15 and looking for more to cut.
When you simplify, you focus on what’s truly important. I hope to replicate my app deletion frenzy in other areas of my life….like my shoes. (Yes, I have a shoe problem)