I’ve had this topic on my to-write list for over a year now because I can’t quite sort it out. Maybe we can do this together?
And this year, as I’ve really thought about what it means to create space in my life, I’ve circled this question again and again.
Are productivity and simplicity at odds?
To begin, let’s define these terms at a basic level and relevant to a memory keeper’s life.
1. Productivity is the state of being able to create.
2. Simplicity is the state of being uncomplicated.
Hmm… interesting! One connection immediately jumps out. You uncomplicate scrapbooking so that you can create.
That sounds pretty great. So where do things get muddled?
Outside of scrapbooking, we often see productivity used in terms of shortcuts and life hacks. Plus, historically it’s been associated with industry and profit-making. It can feel fast and rooted in desiring more.
Along side of productivity we have simplicity. This movement is often equated with granola types or 100-thing-minimalists. It can feel slow and rooted in desiring less, but in a not-very-realistic way.
Speed up, slow down. Go faster, hit the breaks. So which is it?
What if this pulling apart, this dichotomy of ideas, is actually a delicate balance for us? We want to feel at ease, but empowered. We want to feel relaxed, but inspired.
We just want get stuff done without resistance or insecurity!
I posit that for some people productivity and simplicity are at odds. However, for you here in this community, I believe they are compatible tools that help you find that state of balance you crave.
So what do you think? Are productivity and simplicity at odds?