Keep It Simple, Stupid!

After posting the previous post, I’m browsing around the internet, and I just realize that Google made several changes on the interface. The most noticeable change I saw is the login page, the new design look beautiful. The simple design make it beautiful.

As a web programmer and sometimes designer, I found that it is difficult to make things as simple as our imagination. This condition affected my work. Sometimes, when the script should be finished soon, I will need a lot more times to make any improvement that is beyond the original “blueprint”. It makes the simplicity lost from the plan.

That’s why a plan or strategy is essential in our work. It will keep us away from any un-expectable obstacles.

The thing is, can we follow the plan agreed by our self and even by our client?

The answer is: either can or can not.

You see, why we have to make it simple if we can give the advanced functionality to our work?

If we make it more advanced beyond the plan, we could handle the job more advanced too. The problem is, can the others uses it? Because everybody ain’t got the same skill as we are.

If we read the KISS Principle, we will understand why it is important to make something as simple as it could be. So others may help us in our work, or even fix our work when we can handle it by our self.

So, before doing your job, make a plan first, follow the plan without any doubt, and you’ll got the job done at the right time. It’s also can be practiced in daily life, make a plan!

Simple Things

Tonight while I’m listening to this song: “Simple Things” by Usher (From the album Confession, 2004), I realized that there are a lot of simple things around me. And seems that I can’t see them.

One of them is time. I wasted a lot of my time. Either watching movies when others are working, or still asleep while others got up and been in their workspace. Watching my parents works very hard from 4AM to 9PM, I feel embarrassed. Now, I will try to reduce the amount of wasted time and use it to do my jobs.

It is embarrassing to realize the fact that my mom used most of her time working. Why? She’s not lazy as I am! Every dimes she collected are for us, the family. But, did her children get the appropriate amount of time of care, love, and attention?

As the oldest son, I didn’t feel those feeling. I can only feel her care and love every time she called me by phone, and it’s like once a week if I’m that lucky enough. It’s been 5 years since I started to leave my parents house (starting from freshman year of junior high school), but I think my younger sister and brother feels the way I am.

Ah… I hope I can start earning a lot more of money, so my parent could enjoy a peaceful retirement. Uses their time for their children, for my dearest grandma, and of course for their self.

It’s all comeback to material things. Yes, the money. It’s all started by the money, and have to use the money to end it all.

Chasing every dime of money, till we forget what’s the important things in life, even when it’s a simplest thing around us, but we can’t see it when it’s right in front of our face because we forget what the simple thing is.

Simple Things

It’s the simple things in life we forget
You hear her talkin’ but don’t hear what she said
Why do you make something so easy so complicated
Searching for what’s right in front of your face
But you can’t see it

So you think that you know what’s important
Steady chasin’ your fame and your fortune
But you don’t know
You’re chasing a dime losin’ a treasure
Those dollars don’t make sense to me at all
Ooh, it goes

Full lyric: from this site.
Download MP3: from this site.