Sam Davidson is probably one of the coolest cats I know, except for the fact that he is not a cat. He is actually a real live human being, and he writes great books. His latest book is entitled Simplify Your Life, which is a pretty fantastic title because everyone wants to simplify his or her life, right? Anyway, I present to you the one and only Mr. Samuel Davidson….
I’m all about living a simpler life. As a dad, author, and entrepreneur, my life is very busy. In order to keep it all manageable, I eliminate what’s not needed. If you’re looking to do the same thing, just get rid of these five behaviors and you’ll be living a much easier and more organized life. And, if you’re lucky, CJ will invite you to his parties.
1) Throwing peace signs in photos
This was cool the first time you did it - in sixth grade. It was half as cool the second time you did it and so on until you did it last year in your Christmas photo with grandma. Stop flashing your weak gang sign and just smile while looking at the camera like a normal person. Pictures don’t need to me any more confusing than they already are.
2) Wearing Hawaiian shirts when not in Hawaii.
These shirts are so named for a reason. If you’re not in Maui, don’t complicate your life by dressing like Rick Warren. Short sleeve button fronts are fine as long as they don’t have palm trees on them. Ditto for clown noses if you’re not in the circus and scrubs if you’re not a medical professional.
3) Thinking fantasy football is real.
I’m fine with you wanting to have a friendly competition with your office or college buddies. But don’t bring up how many points Drew Brees got you last week against the Bucs. It doesn’t make you look like a gridiron mastermind. It makes you look like someone who needs more goals in life.
4) Putting the word “extreme” where it doesn’t belong.
I’m pretty sure if the X-Games doesn’t even use the word “extreme,” then you putting it in front of other words like “couponing,” “ballroom dancing,” or “crocheting” adds no amount of risk. Keep your speech simple and acknowledge that spending six hours on a Saturday cutting out coupons is no more or less extreme than napping.
5) Wearing a cell phone on your belt.
You know what’s super easy and makes life simple? Putting your cell phone in your pocket. It is not a gun to be holstered. It is a phone to sit quietly in your front pocket. Adding a clip to the equation is one step too many.
About the author: Sam Davidson has written two books about living a life with less stuff and more meaning: “50 Things Your Life Doesn’t Need” and “Simplify Your Life.” He owns no cell phone belt clips. Anymore.