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Sep 14, 2008

If you look at it, that headline suggests everything that people say you should have in a post. There’s name-dropping and linkbaiting, there’s “how to” advice, there’s a list, etc. Those are all things that people say are really good to have in a post.

Yet, I’m pretty sure you’ll agree that it wouldn’t make the best post (right?).

I’m no cook (not by any stretch of the imagination), but a recipe with too many spices mixed together tends to be less prefered to recipes with one or two dedicated spices, I think. A novel with too many subplots tends to get too convoluted and confusing, and loses readers. And we’ve all heard complaints about softwares with feature bloat.

Having the most “good” things isn’t always the best way to go. More often than not, it’s better to focus on one thing. Do one thing, and do it well.

How do you maintain focus on what you’re doing?

Post inspired by the 52-in-One Challenge by Jarkko