Making good work or a creating good life both have a lot to do with what we choose to say no to. In a world that constantly beckons us to do more, buy more and consume more this is no small feat.
But, by identifying all of the extraneous elements in the mix and paring back to what’s really essential, we create space and focus for the things that really matter. As Michelangelo once said of his artistic process, “I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.”
Carving away the ‘good’ stuff from our lives in favor of the ‘great,’ we too are set free. What’s your core mission today, this quarter, or this decade? Where do you see some extraneous elements that could be eliminated to bring that mission into sharper focus this week?
WATCH: Famed Braun industrial designer, Deiter Rams, built his aesthetic and career on the principle of “Less but Better.” In this brief interview, he offers some insights on how his Ten Principles of for Good Design are an important set of guidelines for all of society to follow, not just designers.
READ: One of my favorite audiobooks of the last year was inspired by Rams’ “Less but Better” philosophy, Greg McKeown’s book, Essentialism. This article in Forbes lays out some of the most salient points from the book, including the antidote to rampant FOMO, which is JOMO, or the “Joy of Missing Out.”
LISTEN: Of course, one of the great benefits of paring away is more time. In celebration of this most precious and priceless asset, here is astrophysicist Janna Levin reading Ursula K. Le Guin’s powerful poem, “Hymn to Time.”
Make this week magnificent!