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If you have fewer options, do you do better work?
Reggie. I was at a live performance the other night where Jacq sang and played with Girish, and I had a great conversation with Reggie, the drummer for the night. (I am SO sorry that I don't know ...
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Constraint powers both creativity and satisfaction-- look at what Shakespeare did with the sonnet form because he was constrained to 14 lines of blank verse. And see Barry Schwartz's "Paradox of Choice" for some deep thinking on satisfaction and constraint.
Yes, I spend less time "chasing my tail".
Brian Eno often uses constraints to make musicians work differently. Tricks like taking away all the cymbals or taping fingers together.
With a camera having just one lens and even a fixed focal length one gives you more time to look for better compositions so definitely it can be better. Obviously that doesn't make it always better.
absolutely, it helps you focus. if you can do anything it's easy to be all over the place and get nothing done.
In my professional life, I like (need) to work with constraints on the outcome (it has to be a certain price, size, have certain performance characteristics, etc) but want to use all my kick-ass tools at my disposal to produce it.

On the personal side, I don't mind the constraints to be on my toolset, but I prefer to leave the outcome unconstrained. 
I concur. The first hurdle, get out your own way and use what you've got to get what you want. Thanks, +Chris Brogan for the supportive share.
+Chris Brogan, That way I don't have my design work defined by my tools (necessarily). I'd rather that people can't tell what software was used to do the work, for instance.

This means that often tools (or my capability) are pushed to a limit even when the outcome seems deceptively simple. I'm sure this is the case for many in creative fields; at the end users or consumers don't see all that was taken away to arrive at the simple object, written piece, or app that is the result. 
I agree....sometimes when I'm creating jewelry or custom gifts I tell myself I have to use the findings/tools that I already have. It forces me to be more creative and the results are often good! +Chris Brogan I just listened to your interview concerning Google Plus that you did for the +Social Media Examiner. I could not make it to the live event a couple of days ago. I especially appreciate your tip on . Just wanted to say thanks!
How timely! I just heard Dr. Sheena Iyengar speak yesterday about her innovative research on choice. I believe the magic number she found was 7 options before you get to choice overload. Fewer than 7 options is comfortable for putting control in your hands. More than 7 leads to "choice overload" which will (1) lead people to delay making a choice (2) lead people to make worse choices (3) lead people to feel less satisfied with their choice.
This was a great post about the sub mechanics of greatness. This applies to design as well as life. Thanks +Chris Brogan
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