Despite what the (exceptionally) immaculate state of my desk might suggest, I am not a tidy person. I'm pretty untidy really. I tend to forget about problems if they're not actively causing me any discomfort and so things get left. It's a bad habit. I need to change this into a good habit.

I believe that the best way to build new habits (good new habits) is to make them as easy as possible. You're more likely to do something when the effort required is similar to the effort necessary to ignore the effects of not doing it. When it comes to building new habits we can learn a few things from minimalist principles.

  • Use the least amount of effort possible to do a job well,
  • Do work now in order to save work later,
  • Reduce opportunities to procrastinate.