A rule for life. For everything.
I have a finite amount of time. of attention. of space.
If I bring something new into the apartment (like that neat new mirror with a knob on it), I have to throw out something else to keep the equilibrium.
If I buy a book, I have to throw out a book. (believe me, this makes it way harder to buy books on a whim. You really have to want to buy the book if it means throwing out one of your keepers.) The same goes for crap I buy on Amazon. (I have a trick for making this more deliberate.)
The thing is, this rule has now gone from a physical rule to a mental and chronological rule:
- If I subscribe to a new podcast, I have to unsubscribe to another one.
- If I say yes to one commitment on my calendar, I have to say no to another.
- If I take my dog out for a walk and he poops, I have to feed him breakfast.
You get it.
Try it and tell me if you find it useful.