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Less is Better

Three rules of work: Out of clutter find simplicity; from discord find harmony; in the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.
— Albert Einstein

With Mercury in retrograde, pushing forward with business as usual can be difficult, if not problematic. And now, in the in the deep of Winter, I am suggesting that we adjust accordingly to the lower energy levels that seem more natural at this time.

But of course, attuning to these subtle influences may not be easy. What if you’re trying to make yourself indispensable because there are layoff rumors floating around? Or you’re now doing your own job, plus the work of people who have been let go? And, downsizing or not, just try telling your boss that you are slowing down because you are in harmony with the Earth’s seasons.

Yeah. I know.

Actually, though, busyness and doing more are not automatically synonymous with productivity. Leo Babauta, blogger and author of the bestselling, The Power of Less: The Fine Art of Limiting Yourself to the Essentials explains:

Do Less: The Ultimate Simple Productivity

It may seem paradoxical that Do Less can mean you’re more productive — and if you define “productive” as meaning “get more done” or “do more,” then no, Do Less won’t lead to that kind of productivity.

But if instead you define “productivity” as a means of making the most of your actions, of the time you spend working (or doing anything), of being as effective as possible, then Do Less is the best way to be productive.

Consider: I can work all day in a flurry of frenetic activity, only to get a little done, especially when it comes to lasting achievement. Or I can do just a couple things that take an hour, but those are key actions that will lead to real achievement. In the second example, you did less, but the time you spent counted for more.

Let’s take the example of a blogger: I can write a dozen posts that really say nothing, mean nothing, but take up my entire day … or I can write one post that affects thousands of people, that really reaches to the heart of my readers’ lives, and takes me 1.5 hours to write. I did less, but made my words and time count for more.

If you’re lazy, as I often am, then the choice is simple. Do Less.

But do it smartly: Do Less, but make every action count. Send fewer emails, but make them important. Write fewer words, but make each word essential. Really consider the impact of every action you take, and see if you can eliminate some actions. See if you can achieve a great impact doing less.

This doesn’t mean “less is more.” It means “less is better.”

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To be continued!

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  • January 16, 2009, 10:45 am Shell

    My mom always told me to stop rushing around to do a lot of things. Do one thing at a time, Shell. It is true. If you focus on one task deeply and truly. You feel more accomplished and in flow. When your in flow, everything is so much better.

  • January 16, 2009, 11:46 am ARIE

    The idea of approaching the managing director of the company I’m working for and telling him that I’m a Witch and that I’m slowing down because I’m in harmony with the Earth’s seasons, really amuses me. Just thinking of this scenario puts a big smile on my face. :-)))
    I would love to do that! To be free!!!
    Only 20% of everything we do is really necessary to achieve a goal.
    Therefore there are three necessary steps to be efficient:
    1. To know where you are now.
    2. To know where you want to go.
    3. To decide on the right path to get there.
    Therefore it is necessary to cut off all that is not necessary and thus becoming more concise and fast.
    Then I can work for one-two hours and for the rest of the day search the internet for things I like, take a long lunch break, visit clients and chat with them about spirituality. :-))))
    Anyway I try to take my work not to seriously and keep myself in balance.
    Activate my relax “anchor” when things get rough. When everybody around gets hysteric and I keep calm with a smile on my face. It works!

  • January 16, 2009, 11:54 am Lisa

    Thanks – I needed this message… I’m more likely to do less if I take time out to meditate. Note to self: take time out to meditate! 😀

  • January 16, 2009, 11:21 pm Concha

    interesting post