Simplify Everything

I have been guilty of over-complicating tasks by not focusing on a single step at a time. I now simplify everything and enjoy completing a series of simple tasks. Here is how.

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

Break each task into smaller subtasks.

List them based on the order they need to be completed.

Focus on one subtask at a time.

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

  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

To simplify this process I only focus on one of these tasks at a time. And I break down each task into smaller sub-tasks and focus on one subtask at a time.


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

Again I only focus on one of these tasks at a time and I would break them down even further if possible.

I have also decided to mainly focus on writing and publishing, leaving other tasks to be optional. This is mainly for me to enjoy the writing without overwhelming myself.

Final thought

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Reza Fazeli

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