Subtract until it breaks: unclutter your life

This is the motto Chrome plug-in that I just installed. But never mind the tech. Its a helpful summary of the minimalist approach to life. Remove what appears to be inessential. Keep removing until the thing breaks down. Then you know what is truly essential. And of course you need to add back the piece that caused it to break. So you,

Reduce and reduce exercise until you start losing fitness.
Reduce and reduce food until you get hungry between meals
Reduce and reduce email time until colleagues start prompting you to respond.
Reduce and reduce time spent working until you start falling behind with core tasks


Because what you can cut out is not needed. And what is not needed takes away time, attention and other resources from what is needed.

No comments: