Design is harder than manufacture, but offers more leverage. Knowing what to do is harder than doing it.
Design is hard. You must decide your values. You don’t know what to pay attention to. With life or a product you have to pick and choose. You have to cut things out that are less important. When you’re unsure, cutting things is never easy.
We have an insatiable desire for the novel, so we add things to the agenda. Often they aren’t truly important. These trivial things add up and it becomes difficult to slim down.
I think the simple life is the best. Simple things last. Simple things are readily available.
“Our expense is almost all for conformity. It is for cake that we run into debt; ‘t is not the intellect, not the heart, not beauty, not worship, that costs so much. Why need any man be rich? Why must he have horses, fine garments, handsome apartments, access to public houses, and places of amusement? Only for want of thought. Give his mind a new image, and he flees into a solitary garden or garret to enjoy it, and is richer with that dream, than the fee of a country could make him.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
If simplifying would make you happier, what’s stopping you?