That’s been one of my mantras – focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.
– Steve Jobs
There’s a reason this section comes after Clarify. Although many activities to simplify your personal and professional life seem obvious, they should still be performed within a context of understanding why. Maybe something that appeared to have no value now does have value in the context of the clarified plan, but most likely it’s the reverse.
Key Points from this Section:
- Simplify your work area and life by ensuring that every item has value, and then has a place. Strive to minimize.
- Ensure all projects and activities support the Principles, Why?, Mission, and hoshin plan.
- Remove choice and be comfortable saying “no” respectfully.
- Visual information is processed far faster than written.
- Writing by hand creates learning.