Today's thought

Productive elimination

The most underrated form of productivity:
Removing the need for a task, goal, or process to exist at all.

If you’re someone prone to over-engineering, overthinking, and over… everything with the way you do things (it’s-a-me!), choosing not to choose at all can free up precious attention for more high-value activities. Allow yourself the freedom to opt out when you know it's going to be annoying.

The litmus test: If setting the thing up or maintaining it will require more time and attention than what it can save you on a regular basis, just get rid of it. Here are some examples that I forego:

  • Notion “second brain” project hubs

  • Pre-scheduled social media posts

  • Long-form project case studies

  • 32-page client proposals

  • Naming Figma layers (sorry, had to)

It’s optimization via elimination.

The most underrated form of productivity:
Removing the need for a task, goal, or process to exist at all.

If you’re someone prone to over-engineering, overthinking, and over… everything with the way you do things (it’s-a-me!), choosing not to choose at all can free up precious attention for more high-value activities. Allow yourself the freedom to opt out when you know it's going to be annoying.

The litmus test: If setting the thing up or maintaining it will require more time and attention than what it can save you on a regular basis, just get rid of it. Here are some examples that I forego:

  • Notion “second brain” project hubs

  • Pre-scheduled social media posts

  • Long-form project case studies

  • 32-page client proposals

  • Naming Figma layers (sorry, had to)

It’s optimization via elimination.

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