Simplify Life: What Can You Remove?

simplify life

They removed complexity, thus reducing technical debt. Code didn’t have to be rewritten for scaling down the line because most of it had been removed.

The True Cost of Things

The maintenance of everyday things means losing time to understand how products work, putting it away after using, regularly check in if they are still properly functioning, and cleaning every now and then.

Big-Ass Monitors and Flashy Shoes

Look at how productive I am!

Being forced to work on a single monitor led to the discovery of something I hadn’t questioned before: do I really needed two monitors to get stuff done? Or, instead, was a lot easier to work on a single monitor?

Hey sexy, didn’t see you there!

Having Too Much of a Good Thing

“The first unit of consumption of a good or service yields more utility than the second and subsequent units, with a continuing reduction for greater amounts. Therefore, the fall in marginal utility as consumption increases is known as diminishing marginal utility.”

Default to Zero

Removing an option by default is the quickest way to change behavior.

What Can You Remove?

#1 Storing Things

This is a psychological hack: you are going to have a hard look at all the Things in your life and decide what you love, what you like and what you dislike.

The hack is the same as the consultant in the bank: remove first and then adjust as you see fit.

#2 The Pareto Principle

The little things are the ones that account for the majority of the results.

“Do you use 20% of your Things 80% of the time?”

Going One Level Deeper: Questioning Assumptions

One of my guilty pleasures…

Instead of trying to be right, ask “How can I be wrong?” Reversing the way you look at Things can be a very powerful way to discover other angles.

#1 Breakfast

#2 Shampoo and Conditioner

#3 Popcorn

Simplify Life: Subtraction, Not Addition

“Perfection is finally attained not when there is no longer anything to add, but when there is no longer anything to take away.”

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