The K.I.S.S. Method

Keep It Simple Stupid Silly.

How often do we forget this?  Probably a lot since we always have to remind ourselves to take a step back.  There are times throughout our lives in various endeavors where we become overwhelmed with projects and tasks that it clouds our vision.  Whether it be work, home or leisure, we sometimes get so wrapped up in our plans they can get out of control very easily.  For instance, you want to make that AMAZING holiday dinner and you want it to look like a Hallmark card.  But the turkey is still frozen, the pie is burnt your casseroles look nothing like the pictures and your DIY arts and crafts decor look like a 5-year-old made them!

Remember the K.I.S.S. method.  How you ask?  Try asking yourself these 3 prompts.

  • KNOW YOUR LIMITATIONS
    • It may seem obvious but knowing yourself and what you are capable of is something that should be asked.  Like, don’t book an excursion to climb Mt. Everest if you can’t climb a tree.  Or don’t give yourself a bikini wax thinking you could save some money and glue your leg to your crotch. Just Saying.
  • SET REASONABLE EXPECTATIONS
    • It is awesome to have big dreams and big ambitions.  It also good to set goals and expectations high, but you don’t need to set yourself up for failure before you even start.  Ask anyone you know who has a closet full of unfinished projects.  For instance, that 5,000 piece jigsaw puzzle you were going to conquer or the New York Times best seller’s list of a novel that has 15 years of dust on it and one paragraph.
  • RECOGNIZE WHEN THE LIMIT HAS BEEN REACHED
    • Whether it is patience, time or budget when these resources have been depleted it is time to take a step back and re-assess.  Nothing is worse than losing your cool and feeling defeated.  For example, while laying a beautiful tile floor you discover the last few tiles are cracked and you can’t get anymore because you bought the last boxes at a discount store and that tile is discontinued!

The K.I.S.S. method can be applied not only to your creative endeavors but life itself.  With all the hustle and bustle this holiday season, even I have to remind myself to take a deep breath, a step back and keep it simple silly.  Always remember that without failure there can be no success. However, sometimes moderation is what we need.

Artfully yours,

Andi

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