More About “Less is More,” More or Less.

I like New Year’s resolutions. I think it’s one of the best moments to reflect on where I’m at and where I’m going, and to make a simple effort to direct the course towards a place that I’d like to be in the future.  This year, mine comes from a classic tenet of design I learned in college: less is more.

There’s a lot of “more” around.  I’m at the mercy of it at times (maintaining this blog, my Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and Viddy while I work on my band stuff and other stuff at the same time).  But there are moments when the “less” really shines.  As I was working on some new music tonight, I was thinking about how few instruments and gadgets I’m really using in the studio, for example.  Sometimes, zeroing in on a few things that you like best can really help define what you’re doing.  It can also give you more time to effective in what you’re doing.  Rather than screwing around with 50 gadgets, you’re going deeper using the 5 that are your favorites.  As Buckminster Fuller might say, “do more with less.”

I like being busy and I’m fine with dabbling in a lot of different creative pursuits.  And I don’t expect for my “less” to be anything like anyone else’s “less”.

But like most of us, the noise out there in the world is deafening, and it pays to shut it off for a minute and focus.

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Comment by Maximiliano Cisterna on January 18, 2012 at 4:45pm

Very certain words, Mike you are the better person ! :D

Comment by xecho_9 on January 18, 2012 at 12:48pm

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Comment by adilson on January 18, 2012 at 12:39pm
beast +
Comment by JonTh Soldier4 on January 18, 2012 at 12:12pm

cool!!!!!

Comment by Manya on January 18, 2012 at 12:05pm
You're right, Mike. Sometimes we just really need to focus on something we're doing right now, finish doing that, try to do that specific thing really well, and not let our attention stray to other things. Thanks for this awesome blog post. It's always interesting for me to read your posts, but I particuliarly like this one.
Comment by Enigma Streetsoldier on January 18, 2012 at 11:43am

Good points Mike

Comment by Fran Ziska on January 18, 2012 at 11:03am

couldn't agree more.

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