Complex is OK, Complicated isn’t

Our lives seems to get more complex every day. Whether it’s more complex dealings in the work place, complex relationships or something else there is just so much going on in our lives that it’s inevitable it will be complex. The definition I’m using for complex is “composed of many interconnected parts”.

There are some who are able to live truly simple lives but for many of us, it’s quite difficult.

The thing to remember is just because something is complex, doesn’t mean it has to be complicated. I’m thinking of complicated as being the way you handle the situations.

An easy example would be a bridge across a river. The engineering of the bridge to make sure it supports the appropriate weight, has the proper clearance etc is complex beyond belief. However, if it’s built properly, the ability for people to get from one side of the river to the other wouldn’t be complicated at all, in fact, it should be quite simple.

While we all have a lot going on in our lives (complex lives) if we organize ourselves properly, set priorities, use time management skills and plan properly, most of us can actually simplify our lives a great deal while continuing to live in a complex world.

There are two reasons people continue to live complicated lives:

They don’t know how to be better organized
Consciously or subconsciously they think it’s impressive to appear to be always overwhelmed and late and busy.

If you fall into the first category, there are many tools you can use and books written on the subject to help you get better organized. If you fall into the second category…you are wrong.

It’s fine to live a complex life, it doesn’t mean you have to live a complicated life.

Have a great day!


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