How can we work in a productive and satisfying way? Recently, I found that where I work a new process - not to mention a new form associated with it - had been added to something we have been doing successfully enough for years. This was not the result of some external or legal directive but the result of somebody 'improving' what we do... again! This is not the first time that this has happened. Upon reflection, a change in this area of our work has been made every year for as long as I can be bothered to remember.
About this, the following quote immediately occurred to me:
"Once again, a new layer of simplification has been added."
This is meant to be ironic, of course, for whenever something like this is done not only is something added but a whole range of relationships between the new thing and all that was there before is brought about. Each simplification is, in fact, a complexification.
I also recently came across this quote:
"Be regular and orderly in your life like a Bourgeois so that you may be violent and original in your work."
An interesting contrast. What Flaubert had in mind was, creative work though.