Are You a Maximizer or a Simplifier?
I feel there are two main strategies to get more from life:
. Althoughyou can do both, it seems that most people tend to pick on strategy or the other. Both of thesestrategies work, but I think they produce different outlooks on the same challenges.Maximizers tend to solve problems by adding more. The assumption for a maximizer is that lifewill trend towards boredom and meaningless tasks if you leave it to chance. As a result,maximizers will improve the quality of their time by squeezing out the boring and unimportant.Add more highly important and interesting activities and the waste will be forced out of yoursystem.Simplifiers tend to solve problems by using less. The assumption for a simplifier is that life willtrend towards busyness and overload if you leave it to chance. As a result, simplifiers willimprove the quality of their time by eliminating and reducing. If you cut out the fat, you’ll haveto focus on the important and interesting.
Which Type of Person Are You?
I think it should be obvious to people who read this blog which category I fall into. I’m definitelya maximizer. I’m always adding on new projects and activities. My passion for productivitydeveloped as a by-product of chronically taking on more.The difference in strategy is like being right or left-handed. I don’t feel any direction is better,because they both arrive at the same destination. Whether you simplify or maximize, you’re stillspending more time on the important and interesting parts of life. And while some people areambidextrous, most have a dominant approach.
Pitfalls to Avoid if You’re a Maximizer
While the end result of both strategies is the same, the in-between phases can create different by-products. Maximizers, if they mismanage their time, can wind up burning themselves out.Taking on too many activities and interests at the same time can overload you if you aren’tcareful.