Doing less? What! Is that even possible? I mean after my brand centers on being a “busy mom” and now I’m suggesting you stop the busy work and do less?
Doing less isn’t about being lazy (though that would be fun), it’s about being more productive and producing your BEST work.
Instead of churning out several blogs, why not concentrate on a select few and make them great. Instead of bombarding yourself with several online stores – create one and promote the hell out of it. (okay yes I’m talking about myself here and anyone like me ?)
We should all do less, so we can spend more time doing what we love. Leo from Zen Habits shows us 8 ways we can start doing less today.
- Less hectic, busy schedule, less stress, more peace. Doing less leaves free to schedule less, leave more space in your schedule, work at a more human pace.
- More ability to focus, to find Flow, to work in the moment. When you are doing too much, you are constantly switching from one task to another, constantly interrupted, constantly distracted. Do less, clear away distractions, single-task.
- Work has more impact and spreads further and wider. When you do too much, your work is spread thinner, you have lower quality, and people won’t spread your work or give you awards for low-quality work.
- More pride in your work, which feels good. Feels awesome, actually, to create something worth putting your name on.
- People appreciate higher quality. Customers rave. Readers enthuse. Reviewers glow. Bosses promote.
- More time for family and loved ones. Not a small benefit. Be sure that if you do less, you use the saved time for something important. Like quiet time for the ones you love.
- More time for other things you enjoy. I use my time for exercise, or reading, and of course my family.
- Free yourself up to create amazing things. Creating is hard to do when you’re busy and distracted. By doing less, you can create something great.
So now that you know how doing less can change your life and work, where the heck do you start? It may be obvious for some and a challenge for others. Here are some more tips to help get you going.
- Slowly cut back on non-essential commitments.
- Have fewer meetings.
- Say no to requests, as much as possible, so you can focus on doing something great.
- Cut out distractions, especially the Internet.
- Single-task and focus.
- Churn out a shitty first draft, then edit.
- Edit some more. Make it beautiful and minimal.
- Make it something you will be proud to claim credit for.
- When you find yourself doing busy-work, stop, put it off, find ways to cut that out of your life.
- Whatever blocks you from doing your great work, kill it.
- Set limits on how many things you do each day.
- Focus on the most important tasks first, before you get distracted.
- Set limits on your work hours.
I’m stressed to the limit here so I’m going to try “doing less” if you decide to as well let me know what you did and how?
“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage – to move in the opposite direction.” – E.F. Schumacker