The Lazy Person’s Methodology For Innovation

“Choose a lazy person to do a hard job, because that person will find an easy way to do it.”

Here’s how I cultivate the lazy person’s mind in order to innovate:

1.) Write a description of each step within a system’s process to achieving it’s goal.

Write as if you were explaining each step to a five year old. If you’re familiar with a process it’s very easy to gloss over important details, so explaining to a five year old allows you to see the moving parts through the lens of a “Beginner’s Mind” once again.

2.) Audit the steps, looking to remove or merge the steps, all while still achieving the intended goal. Ask yourself, “How much can I remove that will still fulfill the goal?”.

Use First Principle reasoning to identify potentially unnecessary or bloated steps.

3.) ???

4.) Profit