As we begin a new chapter and reflect on the past year, many of us are thinking about resolutions and changing behaviors. We hear the typical, I will go to the gym more, eat healthier, be a better parent/spouse/etc. All of these require having dedicated willpower, forming good habits, and carving out more time from our already busy schedules. This leads doing more (things) with less (time). Eating better by having to-go breakfast while driving to work, exercising more by doing it while working, and spending time with the family while responding to “mission-critical” work emails are all examples of trying to maximize efficiency. Multitasking gives us a false sense of accomplishment. I propose we try something different. What if we did less with less? What if we reflected deeply on what is truly important to us, prioritized a To Do list A, B, C, and threw out C right away, every time? By slowing down, I believe it’s perfectly okay to accomplish less, and with a more dedicated focus and mindfulness, one may find unexpected results and rewards.
Doing Less with LessJanuary 3, 2014