Are you too complicated?

I woke up this morning thinking about how often people don’t really know what they want. I mean, they have an idea about what they want, but it’s too fuzzy and they can’t easily explain it in detail. If you can’t explain your idea so another person can comprehend it, then it’s just too complicated. I am not saying to trash the idea, thought or goal… I’m saying you need to have a clear vision of what you want. Here’s what I mean..

Many times we tend to blend ideas together. By blending and combining objectives and task together we over complicate what it is we we want and now the task becomes too overwhelming to even attempt to achieve.

You need to breakdown your objective and your task. Look it over. Is it really one task? or is it two, three or four tasks? More times than not, you will find you have created multiple tasks instead of just one. That’s good. What this means is that we can now simply accomplish several smaller tasks instead. In the end, we still get what we want done, it’s just that we are thinking differently how to do it.

The human brain is amazing… let me give you an example. Which is easier? One task with 4 steps or one task with one step? Obviously, the one task with one step. You see by breaking your task, objective or goal into smaller steps, you tricking your brain into getting more done. If your brain sees a task and feels it is complicated, it will automatically figure out ways NOT to do the objective at hand.

Bottomline is you need to keep things simple. You need to know how YOU think. The more you know about yourself, the more you will get done. So keep it simple and break down you tasks into easy to get done steps. More steps are better if they are easy.

One way in which we can test to see if we have broken our task down properly is this… can you describe your taks in detail in 1 minute or less? If not, then chances are you have made it too complicated. 

1 Comment

  1. Dave Zan on January 9, 2006 at 3:48 am

    Mabuhay, Armand. 🙂

    I’m actually part of your mailing list, but was surprised to learn you’re also “one of us” thru another fellow national involved in IM.

    I’m glad you finally put up your own blog…because I’m having trouble understanding how to put up mine. I’ve installed it, but I want to create my own “theme” and all that.

    Anyway, I’ve RSS’ed your blog, so I’ll keep checking back!

    Yngat!