KISS your work

I'm sure you've heard it before about KISS? Keep It Simple Stupid.

No? I'm sure you have. You just don't remember. Well, I'm going to remind you. Keep it simple stupid - KISS. Do you over think things? You work? Your life?

A resounding YES.

Then learn to KISS.

NO, not the passionate kind that you get after a drunken night of dancing your ass off on table tops. Who do you think I am? Wait... but, I digress.

I'm talking about simplifying your work and life. I've been going over this with my team over at Bartles & Associates. Because we are in marketing and branding and always thinking about creative ideas that reach target consumers. Our job is to over think. But then it overruns into our processes and EVERYTHING we do. And all of a sudden clients have marketing plans that are 125 pages long. Then, we have to give ourselves a swift kick in the ass and snap out of it.

I was reminded of this recently while working on a marketing committee for a project. The team leader sent us all an email with the marketing plan attached and it was 1 page. Let me say that again, ONE page. It was so simple but told me exactly what we are going to do and when. And that's all I need.

What a fucking novel concept! Tell people what to do and when to do it.

Why didn't I think of that?

Marketing plans (or business plans for that matter) don't have to be a million pages long to communicate what you mean. Just tell people what you are going to do and when you are going to do it. Then, do it - mean what you say and say what you mean. But that's another post for another day.

(WARNING! Shameless plug coming.)

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So start KISS-ing your work. Or your life. Or both. Ahhhh! The simple bliss of simplicity. How freeing?

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Until next time, your worth it and align your business with your inner rockstar.