“Remove everything that has no relevance to the story. If you say in the first chapter that there is a rifle hanging on the wall, in the second or third chapter it absolutely must go off. If it’s not going to be fired, it shouldn’t be hanging there.” — Anton Chekhov
Another way of saying,
‘get rid of what isn’t necessary and just acts as a filler.’
If our lives are but stories being observed by an omniscient entity or at the worst case scenario just the NSA (lol) … which parts of our lives actually actively contribute to our story and which don’t if we apply the Chekhov’s gun principle to it?