As a wife, mom, pet mom, chief homework helper, office worker, laptop addict (to name a few labels I wear), there always seems to be something else to do before doing the thing that I mean to be doing at that moment. So this post by Seth Godin struck a nerve. Here’s the complete text from his site:


Fred had an inspiring post about the ability to always add one more thing. His old roommate called it N+1. Just when you think there’s no more, you find a little room.

Perhaps it’s worth considering an alternative. N-1. There are tons of things on your to do list, in your portfolio, on your desk. They clamor for attention and so perhaps you compromise things to get them all done. What would happen if you did one fewer thing? What if leaving that off the agenda allowed you to do a world-class job on the rest? What if you repeated N-1 thinking until you found a breakthrough?