Simplify your life by using this powerful principle:
Remove something completely. Then add back what you miss.
- Instead of “I want to use Facebook less often”, remove it completely and then add the elements back that you miss.
- Instead of “Let’s keep this, because I might need it someday”, get rid of it now and add it back when you actually need it.
How many hours per day could you save by removing meetings, television, Facebook or Instagram?
Examples from my own life:
- I simply logged out from Facebook and Instagram and haven’t used it for months.
- When setting up this website, I got rid of all the pre-installed clutter (comments, tags, categories), and will only add them when I really need them.
- I stopped watching television when I was 16 and will never own a TV again. I only watch selected things on YouTube and Netflix.
- My computer desktop has been empty for 10+ years. Instead I use an “Inbox” folder.
- I sold my scooter with the idea of buying an electric one. I decided to wait a few weeks. The weeks have turned into months and I don’t want to buy one anymore.
How do you apply this principle? Let me know on Twitter.
[Hat tip to Seth Godin]