To go along with starting, I think it’s very important to decide what not to do as well. To eliminate all the things that are not providing value or helping you focus your attention on the things you love.

I highly recommend reading Merlin Mann’s Better essay. Here’s my favorite part, where Merlin describes his process for eliminating all the things that don’t provide value or move him forward:

To be honest, I don’t have a specific agenda for what I want to do all that differently, apart from what I’m already trying to do every day:

  • identify and destroy small-return bullshit;
  • shut off anything that’s noisier than it is useful;
  • make brutally fast decisions about what I don’t need to be doing;
  • avoid anything that feels like fake sincerity (esp. where it may touch money);
  • demand personal focus on making good things;
  • put a handful of real people near the center of everything.

All I know right now is that I want to do all of it better. Everything better. Better, better.

What does that mean for me? Not quite sure yet, but I’ve already started to work through that process:

I am going to use the tags love list and better where appropriate, so you can follow my progress here on my blog. Stay tuned!


I am a patient boy.

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