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"How Minimalism Fosters Productivity" [Creator's Block, Ep. 107]

"How Minimalism Fosters Productivity" [Creator's Block, Ep. 107] Blog Feature

Marcella Jalbert

UX Designer, Host of ‘Creator’s Block’ Podcast, Designer for 50+ Sites on HubSpot

June 11th, 2019 min read

Mondays typically go one of two ways for me.

Either I’m super productive or riding the struggle bus.

Today, with a much-overdue blog post and a growing list of tasks at hand found myself unfortunately in the latter scenario.

So, I did what I always do when I’m in a rut… turn to Medium for help.

Being attracted to all things minimalist, I found myself on an article by Jennifer Chan, entitled “How Minimalism Fosters Productivity.” 

When I clicked in, I expected a list of quick “hacks” I could do to my workspace to create a more work-conducive, minimal environment, but I was pleasantly surprised when it was more about changing HOW you actually work.

Chan outlines the four main groups in which we should aim to reduce.

Less Choice. Less Tools. Less Friction. Less Urgency.

Join Justine and I as we discuss the ways to create more “space” in our workload and increase productivity.

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What We Talked About

  • Less choice
    • Devote as little of my mental energy as possible on what matters least and use it all on what matters most.
  • Less tools
    • Don’t worry about fidgeting with new tools
    • Or know when it’s an appropriate time to do so
  • Less Friction
    • Notifications! Turn them off!
    • Remove distractions
  • Less Urgency.
    • You may be oversetting boundaries and putting MORE pressure on tasks
  • Keep the end in sight/Look at the big picture


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