Eric Karjaluoto

I don’t

A don’t list is a useful tool for identifying time-sucks and rooting out bad behaviors. Mine is somewhat aspirational. Some of these things I don’t do. Others I’m trying to not do (I’ve set these ones in italics). I recently grouped them to make them easier for me to make sense of.


  • I don’t do work I’m ill-suited for
  • I don’t seek funding for our products
  • I don’t need a safety net


  • I don’t sell things you can hold
  • I don’t interact with those who absorb energy


  • I don’t look for fights
  • I don’t argue on the internet or post in discussion threads1
  • I don’t enter situations that create undue stress
  • I don’t wear pants (unless it’s cold)
  • I don’t drink more than 1 espresso a day


  • I don’t expect things to come easy
  • I don’t seek external validation
  • I don’t give/take orders


  • I don’t follow others
  • I don’t seek greener pastures


  • I don’t eat, every other day
  • I don’t drink 😿


  • I don’t dwell on the past
  • I don’t talk about getting old


  • I don’t commute
  • I don’t attend on-site meetings
  • I don’t write long-form emails2
  • I don’t take on new hobbies
  • I don’t buy shitty tools
  • I don’t repeat a task, when a system can be implemented


  • I don’t write content that lacks specific purpose

  1. These sorts of distractions are particularly time consuming.
  2. This doesn’t always work, but I try.

Edited May 29, 2019