“If you do less, you can do those things more slowly, more completely and with more concentration. If you fill your day with tasks, you will be rushing from one thing to the next without stopping to think about what you do. It’s a matter of working out what’s important, and not letting go of what’s not.” – Unknown
“Do less? Do less?!!” I hear you shriek, “I’m meeting myself coming back and I still can’t catch up with everything I need to do!”
Being advised to do less is very different to the usual advice you might receive: usually we are bustling around, multi-tasking and juggling to squeeze as much as possible in to the available time. The idea of doing less might be seen as lazy, or “taking it easy” which implies that nothing would get done, yet here we are being advised to do one thing at a time and do it well. I guess the buzz word which is missing is “mindfully” – being in the moment with whatever task and giving sole attention to it, without distraction.
Think about your life right now: Do you take your time to focus on one task, giving it your full attention, or do you multi-task and effectively waste time and effort doing things that aren’t essential or completed to best effect? Do you have a head buzzing with random information and find that you get things wrong, miss appointments, forget your words? Are always on the edge of a headache? If so, you are probably not enjoying life very much and are putting your health at risk.
Why not choose one aspect of your life and apply the advice to see what happens? Decide what it is that you are going to do less of and how you are going to do that, then write it down (You are more likely to do it if it is written down and made real).
I can teach you techniques to relax and refocus, or simply offer an opportunity for you to explore how to do less and achieve more. Give me a call or use the contact form to drop me a line – I’m happy to give you a call back.