People often say that they want options. When it comes to getting things done, however, options aren’t always a good thing. When everything is a possibility, it actually becomes harder to make the right choice (or any choice at all). This is the paradox of choice. But, when we place a constraint on ourselves, it can become much easier to get something done. This is especially true if it is a constraint that forces us to start small. Constraints can make it easier to stick to good habits by eliminating the number of decisions you need to make to move forward. We often think that we want an open road and the ability to choose any direction for ourselves. But sometimes, what we need is a tunnel that can reduce our choices and send us in a focused direction.
“It is one of the unexpected disasters of the modern age that our new unparalleled access to information has come at the price of our capacity to concentrate on anything much.” ~ Alain de Botton