Improvement by Subtraction

There’s a heuristic I enjoy playing with that asks, what if you could only subtract in order to solve problems?

We’re so conditioned to add: a new productivity routine, a new habit, a new car … yet we know from experience that acquisition rarely makes things better over the long term.

If you’re insufficiently excited about the upcoming election, consider this frame instead: even if you can’t see a way to get everything you want from a candidate, which one wouldn’t you vote for, if you were trying to remove the most problems?