There’s a reason simplicity needs to be a central practice in your life. It’s not because of personal preference. It’s because we’re not wired to deal with complexity. At least not well.
We’re easily overwhelmed. Too many options stalls us. Too many voices split our attention. Too many ideas distracts us. As the amount and complexity of input goes up, our brains struggle to make sense of it.
Sometimes it can happen when considering just two or three options. Like deciding between alternative career paths or how to start a conversation on a touchy subject. It doesn’t take much to overwhelm our thinking process.
When we’re overwhelmed, whether we know it or not, our emotional center mobilizes to take control. Decisions are driven by primal impulses more than thoughtful intentions. Autopilot patterns are reengaged and followed in order to provide a sense of comfort and familiarity. Emotions hijack the controls to steer you away from what feels complex and back to known territory. Even when it’s against your interest.