I read a post a while back called “One Big Thing
.” It was about the power of reducing complexity. In it, the author writes about a thought experiment he once posed to a single male friend,
Imagine you had a list of 10 single women your age and you can only go on a date with 1 of them. However, you know nothing else about any of these women. Not what they look like. Not their personality. Nothing. If you could only have one piece of information on all of them (no photos), what would you ask for before making your decision?
The response he got was that his friend would want to know how often each woman went to the gym. Work out habits, he claimed, are indicative of many other positive attributes, like personal hygiene, motivation, and discipline.
I enjoyed the post and I like the idea of reducing complexity.
I bring this up because the last few weeks have been pretty busy. I’ve found myself working late into the night almost every night. And for some reason, these weeks have felt a bit different than other weeks. So, as I was walking the dog yesterday afternoon, I found myself asking a similar question related to reducing complexity. What one thing separates a good week from a bad one?
And I landed on a pretty simple answer. Planning. My weeks generally start on Sundays wherein I spend some time thinking about priorities for the upcoming week and how those should be mapped to each day. But the last few weekends have not had great planning sessions for one reason or another. I’m bucking the trend today to get back on track.
So I’ll pose the question to you: what one behavior would help you live a better life or make better decisions about how you spend your time?