The Power of Compound Decrease: Transform Your Life 1% at a Time

Frank Elda
2 min readAug 23
Visual by the author using Excalidraw

We often hear about the magic of compound interest in finance and business, where a small, consistent investment can grow into a substantial sum over time.

But have you ever considered the concept of “Compound Decrease” in your professional and daily life?

📉 What is Compound Decrease?
Just like compound interest, compound decrease is about making small, consistent changes. But instead of growing something, you’re reducing it. Imagine reducing clutter, busyness, or bad habits by just 1% every day. It may not seem like much initially, but the impact over time is astonishing.

🗂️ 1% Less Clutter
If you declutter your workspace by just 1% each day, you’ll find that in a month, your workspace will be noticeably more organized. In a year, it could be the epitome of a minimalist, productive environment.

⏰ 1% Less Busyness
Reducing your daily tasks or commitments by 1% can free up significant time in the long run. That extra time can be invested in activities that truly matter, like spending time with loved ones or pursuing a passion project.

🚫 1% Less of a Bad Habit
Whether it’s reducing your sugar intake, spending less time on social media, or cutting down on procrastination, a 1% reduction every day can lead to a 37% reduction in a year. Imagine the positive impact on your health and well-being!

🌱 The Takeaway
The beauty of compound decrease is that it’s manageable. You don’t have to make drastic changes overnight. Just a 1% reduction daily can lead to transformative results. Start today and witness the power of compound decrease in action.

(Note that 1% is not meant to represent a number, but to illustrate the impact of small actions)

Do less and be great,


(This post was part of the #100DaysOfVisualThinking challenge)

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