For six years of writing I used to believe the more platforms I post on, the better. It wasn’t a very effective strategy.
Yesterday I deleted my Twitter and Instagram accounts, and soon my Telegram channel will be closed. Starting from today I will keep writing only on these three platforms: this website, Substack, and Mastodon.
The less platforms I have to maintain, the more attention I can pay to the writing and not the distribution.
If you’ve been feeling overwhelmed lately, seek an opportunity to reduce the amount of projects, errands, and tasks you’re dealing with. Keep three the most important to-dos you have on your list, start with them and drop everything else. You’ll get back to it later after you’ve handled the essentials.
If three is too much for you right now, cut it to one to-do. The less, the better:
- Doing three projects? Take a break in two, and finish the one with higher priority.
- Reading three books, none is finished? Pick one, finish it, then move to the next one.
- Repair works are stuck and it’s all a mess? Stop everything and choose one, for example, fix a kitchen door that’s been out of order for weeks.
When life pushes hard, don’t try to bear it all on your shoulders. Reduce the number of options, select the most important thing to focus on, and after it’s done move to the next most important thing on your list.
One-thing-at-a-time strategy always works, plenty-things-at-a-time strategy—not so often. The less, the better.