Breaking things down into their component parts can provide a better understanding of the whole, and can provide opportunities to reevaluate what should be grouped together. We can consider a train as a single unit or as a series of coupled cars. We can efficiently ship less than a full truckload of material, buy individual music tracks rather than albums, or better allocate activities across global resources. We can decide which errands to do on a particular day. Rethink the bundles around you, particularly those usually presented as a total package.

“This isn’t about a farm. It’s not about a field. It’s literally about every square yard in that field and doing the best thing for the soil and the water in that yard-by-yard approach.” -Hugh Grant, Monsanto’s Chief Executive Officer and Chairman.