Simplify Everything

Do a single thing at a time. Keep it simple. Don’t overwhelm yourself. Avoid burnout. Set limits.

List the tasks you need to complete to achieve your main goal.

Let’s use building a daily writing habit as an example

My goal is to write an atomic essay a day. To achieve this goal, I need to complete the following daily tasks (in this order):

  1. Write and publish content that would be useful to readers
  2. Interact with others online who are completing this challenge for support and guidance
  3. Read other people’s work for inspiration


For example, writing and publishing content can be broken down into:

  1. Ideate
  2. Write
  3. Edit
  4. Publish

Final thought

This is not to say you should also limit yourself. No! Keep it open-ended. List everything that you want to do. But set concrete milestones. Specify what’s enough and what counts as extra points. And take on one small and manageable subtask at a time.



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Reza Fazeli

Reza Fazeli

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