Over the past week or so, I've been reflecting on how I can simplify my life. I have a habit of taking on a lot of things, and then getting into a place where I took on a bit too much, and then have a need to scale back. Over the years, through practice, I have been able to catch myself earlier and earlier in the cycle to hopefully one day this not being an "issue" at all.
But today, just isn't that day.
When it comes to designing my life, career, or home, I can have a tendency to get super detail-oriented and add on all the things and lose sight of the bigger picture. During times like these, I love using Leonardo da Vinci's quote, "Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication," to encourage scaling back, instead of adding on.
It's one thing to do all the things with unlimited resources, but a completely other thing to produce the same outcome, with a set of limitations. Ultimately, limitations, not unlimited resources, breeds creativity, flexibility, character and ultimately, "sophistication."