Value of Simplicity – Sunday Clippings #3

Hello there,

This week I posted my notes on the Flynn Effect theory which suggests that the IQ scores of the general population are rapidly increasing over time. This article is an overview with more information to help you understand the theory, some causes and how the IQ scores once rose and have started declining now with the use of technology.

Right then, on to the newsletter.

Recently, one of the highlights of my life has been making things simpler and easier to manage. When things start piling up, the ones at the bottom start disappearing. At this point, it seems important to remove the clutter.

Something I have noticed is that we live in a world full of procrastinators. We don’t do the things that we don’t have to. This week, I had been hunting to find the most basic note-taking app that’s straightforward and just does the job of taking notes. No unnecessary features, just a simple app where I can write drafts and meeting notes. I found the one called Simplenote (it’s named appropriately).

While writing using this software, you can’t make things bold, italic or underline them. You can’t add photos, videos or tables. It’s interactive and syncs across all my devices. I don’t always use the several features Microsoft Word offers. Infact, many people never use most of those features. Steve Jobs, the late CEO of Apple, an American entrepreneur and investor, once said that –

“That’s been one of my mantras — focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex. You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.”

The one takeaway from this issue is to remove clutter and keep what you need. It saves time and increases the clarity of mind. Otherwise, the brain has fifty tabs open and you don’t know where the music is coming from.

Have a great week,


This Week’s Clippings

1 – Book – Currently, I’m reading the unabridged version of Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. I’m hooked to the storyline and it’s a great inclusion for my quest of reading classic books of all time.

2 – Video – I really enjoyed this video about the biggest, deadliest and weirdest creatures to walk on the Earth. It’s made using latest fossil evidence and immersive computer graphics that looks really cool.

3 – Video – This video about hygiene during the Black Plague. More than 50 million people or half the continent was wiped out as the bubonic plague swept through Europe in the 14th century. A really intriguing video from one of my new favorite channels.

4 – Quote – “People who excel tend to obsess over the details. People who struggle also tend to obsess over the details. The difference is what details they focus on. Minutiae vs polish. Most things don’t matter—but when it does, you want to get the details right.” (Source: James Clear’s 3-2-1 Newsletter)

(This is an issue of the “Sunday Clippings”. Every week I compile various valuable ideas, learnings, along with my highlights from interesting articles, books and podcasts in a short and skimmable email newsletter. Sign up here to get future issues delivered directly to your inbox!)