Superflous

“Human subtlety will never devise an invention more beautiful, more simple or more direct than does nature because in her inventions nothing is lacking, and nothing is superfluous.” Leonardo da Vinci

Humans tend to underestimate the damage that unnecessary things can bring. Damage in terms of complexity, waste, weight, inflexibility, and other unexpected problems.

I think this tendency comes from the illusion that our resources (mainly time) are endless. My experiment with prioritisation showed me how much I have been over-estimating the time I have. I now prioritise pretty much everything, from articles-to-read, to daily to-dos.

Minimalism makes sense.

Also at Etools, we try to avoid anything that’s not completely necessary. Improving the current is in most cases a better investment than expanding.

Ask yourself, can you achieve your purpose with just what you currently have? Maybe even with less?

Do you really and certainly need to hire this designer, make that call, use this software, meet that person, or add this feature?

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