Why You Need The Simplicity System

When I was struggling to cope with a serious illness, I had to go out and find the things that would help me get through it. Although I was eventually successful, it took a lot of hard work and I felt the process was way harder than it needed to be.

I looked for somewhere people could go to quickly find help and when I couldn't find it, I created it.

I developed The Simplicity System to introduce simple ideas and practices that can really make a difference. This website was also created to deliver it and to give people everything they need to make changes in one place. In this post, you'll learn all about what I'm trying to achieve and how it could benefit you.

In a nutshell, The Simplicity System focusses on the key things we should all do to be happier, healthier and more productive.

It achieves this by taking the key elements of wellbeing, personal development and productivity and placing them together in a single system. Each section introduces the key ideas, helps you get started as simply as possible and then shows you all the helpful resources that are available if you want to take it further.

It's simple, if you do the things below you should find life a lot easier.


Clear Mind & Focus

This is the section where you learn how to start changing your relationship with the world.

As well as introducing mindfulness and meditation, I also encourage people to try to focus on one thing at a time when they can. This is so important in the connected world we live in today and it can make such a difference when you're trying to achieve anything. Your life should also be a lot easier when you start ‘responding’ rather than ‘reacting’ to things.

The Simplicity System encourages you to:

  • Meditate regularly
  • Be mindful while you’re doing things
  • Focus on one thing at a time

In time, you should also gain an appreciation of the narratives we all create around our lives and the effect this has on us.


Get Active

In this section, I wanted to promote the idea of just being active rather than a flat-out fitness push. 

I honestly believe that if you're starting from scratch, it's best to take small steps at first rather than huge leaps that are likely to leave you overwhelmed. I hope what makes my approach unique is the way I've focused on planning and identifying activities, rather than the exercise itself. This section also encourages people to 'run their own race' and not be put off with what other people are doing.

The Simplicity System encourages you to:

  • Identify simple ways to get moving
  • Work out what activities you’re going to enjoy
  • Plan effectively
  • Get someone to join you if you can

Being active can not only improve your health, as it can also help you respond to some of the physical effects of feeling low. 


This section encourages you to find long-term solutions if want to lose weight and accept that diets really don't work.

As we've evolved to survive famine, boom and bust dieting is rarely successful in the long run. Even if people are successful, there's a good chance that they will have put on weight again within a year. That's why we should aim to develop a long-term plan, change our approach to food and focus on the practical aspects of losing weight.

The Simplicity System encourages you to:

  • Remove temptations
  • Keep a food diary
  • Weigh every day
  • Pay close attention to yourself
  • Remove distractions
  • Try mindful eating

I also want to cut though all the bad ideas and misleading suggestions about dieting out there.


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This section can help you stay focused in our increasingly distracting world.

We're simply not evolved for the connected life that most of us lead now, so this is my way of dealing with it. We’re often flooded with emails, notifications and articles that want to take over our attention, and this can be very stressful and overwhelming. This is why it’s so important to ‘own information’ and use your devices in the healthiest and most productive way possible.

The Simplicity System encourages you to:

  • Make sure everything is set up
  • Master email
  • Manage passwords
  • Collect all your content together

Just setting things up the way I suggest can be a very effective way to deal with stress and anxiety.


Plan & Organise

This section is all about getting organised and working smarter, rather than harder.

As well as helping people get things done, a solid productivity system can also help them reduce stress and anxiety. It's all about getting ideas out of our heads and into a system, so we can be assured that everything is in its place and we only need to worry about things that need our attention. Just the simple act of dividing a to-do list into four folders (daily, weekly, monthly and yearly) can really make a difference and help people feel better.

The Simplicity System encourages you to:

  • Identify where everything is coming in
  • Have something there to collect it
  • Store it in as few places as possible
  • Archive information so you can quickly access it
  • Divide your to-do list into four folders
  • Keep on top of your system

These ideas here can also be used at home as well as at work.


Be Ready

This is another important section, but some people may not understand it at first.

It's all about being prepared, and I like to give the example of someone not having a CV ready when they're offered their dream job when I’m asked to describe it. Being ready is all about doing everything we can to avoid nasty surprises and making the most of any opportunities that come our way. This section also encourages people to become a lot more aware of what's going on in their bodies, as just a basic understanding of natural energy levels and the importance of sleep can really help people identify the times when they will be ready to take on challenges.

The Simplicity System encourages you to:

  • Be aware of what you really want to do
  • Have clear goals and objectives
  • Identify areas you need to improve
  • Focus on what’s important right now
  • Be aware of your limits

You'll be encouraged to plan far ahead, but then break it down into short, medium and long terms goals.


Connect

This section focusses on our interactions with other people, as this is an area a lot of people find difficult and uncomfortable.

For me, it's another important aspect of personal development and an area that can help people turn things around when they feel that things are getting out of control. This section is based around the 'As-If' Principle, where how you act can alter the way you feel. This isn't pseudoscience either, as it was developed by one of the founders of modern psychology, William James.

The Simplicity System encourages you to:

  • Identify the qualities you’d like to have
  • Act like you already have them

The 'As-If' Principle is probably the most important thing you'll discover on this site.


Relax

This is an important section for me, because this is often overlooked when people approach personal development.

One thing that becomes obvious when you study these subjects is the need to switch off and do nothing whenever we can. That's easier said than done these days though, as we always seem to be connected or have something fighting for our attention. This section also inspires a lot of the entertainment and technology features you'll find on the blog.

The Simplicity System encourages you to:

  • Work out what you love doing
  • Try new things
  • Focus on what you’re doing
  • Let go and unwind
  • Completely stitch off when you need to

So that’s the system, but there's a lot more to it than just these sections.


How It Works

To help you get going, the site breaks everything down into three separate areas. The aim is to give you the best possible introduction to a subject and then provide everything you need to master it and explore all the elements.

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On the site, you'll find introductions to all the sections of The Simplicity System, essential books and apps to help you develop and a blog that really gets into each subject.

The introductions provide overviews of the sections above, as well as helpful exercises to help you get going. You'll then be introduced to helpful 'Golden Rules' and 'Slots' for your calendar to help you keep on track. 

Essential resources are then introduced. They can really help people get ahead and you don't even need to look at the other elements of the site to benefit from them.

Finally, there's a blog that really gets into everything. It shares helpful ideas and to add variety and make sure the site isn't just about hard work, fun elements are introduced as well. In addition to the main subjects on the site, the blog also looks at home entertainment and technology.

 I like to think of the site as a 'missing manual for modern life', with a lot of fun elements thrown in to keep you entertained.

Just follow the link below to see it all for yourself: