I asked members of the Just Whelmed R & D (Research & Development) team the following questions:

  1. What have you eliminated to make your life simpler (if you have)?
  2. How has it made a difference for you, as far as being “just whelmed”?
  3. What helped you realize that it was something you just didn’t need any longer?

The answers I’ve received are excellent- including these from Elisabeth Ann Stone:

  • This is somewhat seasonal, but I have stopped buying Christmas and birthday presents for all but the closest family.  I travel a lot for my research, so when I go somewhere new I pick up small gifts for a larger circle of family, friends, and colleagues.  But I do that all at once and usually find something I can get quite a few of in one place.  That saves me from worrying about gifts around finals time and from trying to decide who does or doesn’t get on the holiday list.  Plus, it brings a little part of my intellectual life to my friends and family.
  • I also eat the exact same thing for lunch nearly every work day. Boring? Maybe. But I always have it on hand and it’s quick, easy and nutritious.  (Rice with stewed tomatoes and carrots, if you’re wondering!).


I think simple, repetitive meals are a super idea!  I met a faculty member at a workshop and she not only eats the same thing for lunch each day but also the same thing for dinner each night (M - F).  She is a productive researcher and committed teacher.  And, she’s eating healthy each day.  So…it’s a thought for you to consider.

What about the tips you use to simplify?  We all need the suggestions!  Let’s hear them 🙂

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