The Importance of Omitting



Image from Laure WayaffeWilliam Stunk Jr, the Cornell English Professor wrote Elements of Style in 1918. Today the book is required reading for journalism students across the country, but not only journalists that can learn from Stunk. 

In Elements of Style Stunk wrote that “one should omit needles words.”  Zen Habits: Simple Productivity took this one step further in a recent blog post by suggesting we omit needless things.

What are some of the needless things in your life that you could omit?  Zen Habits suggests we apply the philosophy of omitting needless things to various aspects of our lives such as:

  • possessions
  • buying
  • eating
  • doing
  • goals
  • what we produce

Give us your suggestions of things you would omit!