Fragments from imaginary dialogues
“What are use patterns?”
“Our default mindset is additive.
The intention is always well-meaning.
‘I’ll add this. Maybe I’ll need it.’
What’s invisible in the moment is that all these well-meaning little things compound [<link; medium read]. In time, little by little adds up to a lot. What’s more, that which is easy to add is (psychologically) hard to remove.”
“Ironically, most of them you don’t even end up using.”
“I wouldn’t be surprised if the Pareto Principle applies here as well. You use 20%, and 80% just take up space.
Use Patterns are a conceptual tool for revealing patterns of actual use.
Are you actually using x ?
When did you last use x ?”
“How do you overcome the difficulty of removing them once revealed?”
“Switch to the subtractive mindset.
The strategy is temporary removal. In being temporary, you overcome resistance.
If at any point, you discover you need any of the removed items, you bring them back; That rarely happens.
Most often, you discover you never needed them in the first place.”