Simplicity

Reality is messy and complex. At all times, there is infinite information to process. Simplicity is the art of distilling only the essential and developing Mental Models that are useful despite their inaccuracy.

“Simplicity is the end result of long, hard work; not the starting point.”

— Frederick Maitland

“Mastering the mundane tasks of everyday life seems to be a gateway to living an extraordinary life.” — Tiago Forte

Simple, clear purpose and principles give rise to complex and intelligent behavior. Complex rules and regulations give rise to simple and stupid behavior. — Dee Hock

Good systems don’t add options and features; they strip away complexity and distractions from the main work, which is thinking. — Tiago Forte (summary of How to Take Smart Notes)