In my process of trying to apply KonMari and dispose of unnecessary things, I continue to struggle with the bad habit of thinking about what I’ll buy next.

Man, an iPad Pro would be awesome for viewing PDFs and creating sketchnotes. Would I get the 10.5 or the 12.9? I like the size of the 10.5 better but I like the full-size apps on 12.9. Apple Pencil’s a given, but what about the Smart Keyboard? Should I get cellular or go wifi-only? What storage tier should I get?

I think I want to get back into photography, and it’d be nice to have a new camera before I go to my friend’s wedding, or before friends come to visit. I already have one picked out: the Fujifilm XT-2 with Fujinon XF 35mm f/2 lens.

It’s almost time to replace my navy suit, and I think I also want to simplify my wardrobe. What would be the best choice for dress shirts, suits, daily pants?

This wastes a ton of mental energy – and time – that could be used for much more useful ends. I don’t need any of these things right now, nor have I paid off all my debts or set aside funds so that I can make large purchases without credit or dipping into savings.

Things like this make it increasingly obvious that I must have a clear vision of the life I want, and that I must learn to be content with necessities.

When Snapchat was redesigned to place stories alongside chats, instead of alongside celebrities and content, I was happy. Happy because now all the things I go to Snapchat for are separate from the stuff I don’t care about.

Apparently, I was in the minority. Younger users have been vocal in their disapproval of the change, so much so that Snapchat may be putting it back the way it was. In this case, it would be better for Snapchat to leave things alone because of a strong vision, rather than being tossed about.

Good designers show users what they want; users are often terrible at understanding or explaining what they want.