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:
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!