What do Washing Machines, Facebook and Dating Crazy People Have in Common?
All These Originated from Simple Ideas
Simple is Best
By Dee Doanes
Some of the best business ideas and inventions are based on simple ideas, making something complex simpler for the consumer. There are many examples where you can see this process in action with many benefits to consumers. The washing machine, Facebook, and dating crazy people all came from simple ideas. You are thinking, what is she talking about? But you have experienced most of these things, and it will become clear how the importance of simplifying your business and personal life can have awesome benefits in your life.
Washing Clothes Made Simpler
Simplicity is my state of the art LG front loader washing machine with fancy electronic controls. I especially love that the washer is big enough to wash all the neighbor’s clothes, even though I just wash for myself. But I could never imagine washing clothes with rocks and sand in a stream like my great, great grandmother did. I have friends that grew up washing this way in small villages, then coming to the US to use a washing machine the first time thinking that clothes were still dirty!
From the washing board being invented in 1797, to the first washing machine with an electric motor invented in 1908, these inventions came about because its was a difficult and long process for women to wash clothes. Inventing a way to wash clothes in shorter periods of time made housekeeping a little easier. Now, a company called Xeros has invented a washing machine that uses almost no water and nylon beads to wash clothes.
Social Media Simplicity
Simplicity is using Facebook and other social media to do business and build my brand, while I sit at my computer at home drinking green tea with a clay beauty mask on my face. I use Facebook to connect with friends and clients. With a couple of clicks I will post this article to several sites using an article submission service, making it easier for me to concentrate on other work. I use YouTube and Traffic Geyser to submit my videos all over the Web. I would be working 17 hours a day if I didn’t have these resources available.
Simplify And Avoid Dating Crazy People
Before dating sites, you had newspaper/magazine personals to rely on getting introduced to the next crazy you would later marry. Or, you were introduced to someone by clueless but well meaning friends or your delusional Auntie Emma that never married and talked to her cat non-stop. With business work schedules and time being crunched to virtually nothing, dating in the modern world has become a complex situation for busy people. Now you can meet all the crazy people until you heart is content, by simply logging on to a popular dating website. If you really want to simplify things and avoid crazy people you can hire a matchmaker to meet someone that is screened and qualified, something you don’t find on regular dating sites. Matchmaking companies like Valenti International cater to upscale people looking to simplify the process of looking for love. These businesses are profitable with companies such as Match.com pulling in millions of dollars a month.
Ways To Simplify Your Life
So, how does all this relate to your life? There are many ways to simplify your business and personal life.
For business, it could be something simple as, putting a Q & A section on your website to cut down on calls to your 800 number, cutting that bill in half. Or, hiring an experienced sales person who brings in 50 percent more sales, so business is more profitable.
For personal, you can break off relationships with negative people that make you feel bad about yourself. Surrounding yourself with positive people benefits you mentally and is good for your health. Or, walking for 20 minutes each day to lose weight so you don’t have to go on blood pressure medication.
Simplifying both parts of your life will keep you balanced. When you work on one part it will spill over into the other part. Taking small steps lead to bigger steps, and that is why simple is best.