Simplicity is the Reduction of Choice

Monday, May 27, 2019


So far I've written two new chapters for my book, How I Learned to Plan as an INFP. I'm halfway done with the overall updating process. I'm excited about including new things and simpler methods.

First, when I started writing this book, I was using about four different programs: Focus Writer, Gdocs, MsWord, and Workflowy. I was also testing out Zen Writer, Ommwriter, and a host of other minimalist writing environments. However, there's nothing minimalist about using so many different programs!

Recently I read a book called Sustainable Creativity by Micheal Nobbs. In his book he said, "Simplicity is the reduction of choice."

This has become my motto, especially as I go though updating my book.

I've found that the pickier I am with the digital tools I use, the better.

This time around I discovered editing in Zoho Writer and I really love it, even more than Google Docs. Not only does Zoho Writer has a minimal interface, but it also has good built-in grammar checking. Now I'm only using Zoho Writer to edit, and I've let go of the rest.

I've cleaned up my computer, deleting multiple apps that do the same thing and opting for my favorites. Doing so brings simplicity by reducing choice.

When it comes to the actual book, I am updating for clarity, conciseness and helpfulness.  I'm looking to reduce the number of options presented in the main text and to share the most straight forward methods. Everything else will be moved to the appendix. My favorite part about this change is that the entire book has a more natural flow. Plus I think the stronger focus on big picture planning and other techniques that leverage INFP strengths, makes the last few chapters on using a planner and completing tasks easier to understand.

If you've already purchased the book, no worries. You can re-download the updated version from the ebook retailer you originally purchased it from. I hope to have it out within the next two months. However, the updated book is organized quite differently, so I'm not sure how that's going to affect notes and highlighting.

Current Writing Tools I Use:
Midori MD Notebook Line Free
Muji Gel Ink Ballpoint Pen in Black
Workflowy
Zoho Writer
Dark Reader Extension for Firefox

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