The Subtracting Instinct
I read Subtract by Klotz. Through evolution, we are always taught to accumulate stuff. Our default is to ‘add’ things to get more done.
Klotz explained how Subtracting could be the missing piece in getting things done effectively. For example:
- I’m constantly stressed by my to-dos. Instead of seeking the next productivity magic bullet, think about stuff that you can subtract.
- People keep zoning out in status update meetings. Instead of thinking about adding ‘excitement’ we could choose to do away with it (and explore some other format).
- I don’t like my current book collection. Instead of buying more, I could donate the ones I’ve outgrown or don’t love. I’m only left with books that spark joy.
- I get tired while on vacations. I could ditch visiting every tourist attraction, and do things that energise me.
What do you think?