I’m always looking to relentlessly thin-down. For instance:
- Writing emails less than six sentences long, to express points clearly
- Working on one (maybe two) things at a time, to stay (un)whelmed
- Writing concise and visual business documents, to have people read versus ignore them
- Creating my biz summarizing the main points, to help people learn and remember things
In other words, s u b t r a c t i n g: tasks, projects, features, topics, slides, talking points, meetings, words, sentences, paragraphs, pages and more from our ever-and-always growing amount of information and activities, especially in this “age of excess everything, everywhere” (maybe I should have subtracted some-or-many words from this last paragraph? Naa.).
- Create simplicity and clarity
- Make decisions exponentially easier
- Create more enjoyable, expedient, efficient and meaningful experiences
- Make more sense with less
- Write and tell better stories
- Better use the scarce commodity of… o u r a t t e n t i o n
…by actively choosing what to leave out.
I hope you enjoy the visual-one-page summary… as a teaser, or as a reference.
Anything going through your mind right now that you could subtract today?