5 Reasons You Should Do Less to Produce More

Have you ever heard of the concept that “less is more”?  What do people mean when they say that?  After all, if I want to impress my boss or client why should I do less to produce more?

In the world we live in today, we are constantly battered by doing more.  Do more to be a better spouse or friend.  Do more activities with your children to help them develop positively. Do more at work to get a promotion or double your clientele. Do more exercise to be healthy.

If you are anything like me, I get overwhelmed by all the choices we have available to us.  There are so many ways to build a business, write a blog, coach a team, decorate a house, lose weight, gain weight, and even buy groceries.

Are you overwhelmed?! Let’s look at 5 reasons you should do less to produce more.  Yes, we can scale it back and still produce more results and possibly better results.  Here’s why.

Reason #1: Brings us back to the basics.

When we focus on getting back to the basics, we simplify our choices and thereby our results have more potential.

Think about your favorite sports teams.  There may be special plays and maneuvers to outwit the opponent, but what does the coach tell his team during a timeout when they are not performing well?  He says, “Guys, we have got to get back to the basics!”

The same is true in life.  In order to produce more, we need to get back to the basics and do less.

Reason #2: Creates laser-like focus.

Have you ever been to a laser light show at a theme park?  There really is something spectacular about the dance of the lights along with the music that can create such a feeling of inspiration.

It always seems that there is at least one particular point during the show where a single beam of light outshines them all or forces you to immediately focus on one object or person.

Even though there are so many amazing colors and waves of brilliance dancing across the stage, that one single light brings intense focus.

If you want to produce more, do less and become intensely focused.

Reason #3: Reduces overwhelm and stress.

Even though I am generally an easy-going person, when I am constantly doing more I become very stressed and often get sick.  When you do less, you end up reducing the overwhelm and stress you were facing.

Let’s say that your boss gave you a deadline for a project at work that is taking up more time and energy than you originally planned.  You find yourself tired, worn out, and not able to sleep well at night because you just don’t have time to get it all done!

Well, you need to try doing less instead of more.  Spend less cumulative time on the project. Start spending qualitative time instead.

When our brains are constantly thinking and strategizing about our goals we tend to lose progress not gain it.  It’s more important to set aside smaller, focused blocks of time.

Reason #4: Saves time.

Maybe this reason is an obvious one, but it’s no less important.  Time is one of our most precious resources, and we never get more than 24 hours in every day.

I don’t know if it’s our tendencies as humans or maybe more as citizens of the United States. But I know that we often feel that we do not have enough time to do it all!  Well, guess what?

Stop trying to do it all!  Just stop!

When we begin to be present through each day and focus on how we can do less, we will save so much wasted time.  We waste time worrying, planning, re-planning, doing, working, stressing, and on and on.

Reason #5: Emphasizes mastery on the foundation.

There is no better way to produce more in any area of life other than mastering the foundation.  A young pianist has to understand that the foundation to becoming great is to learn the techniques of scales, runs, and chords.

When we concentrate on doing less, we are able to master the foundation and potentially produce more.

So if you find yourself struggling to “make ends meet” or to “catch a break” maybe you need to scale back and do less.  Life is not just about trying harder and doing more.  Life should be about discovering ways to do less and enjoy each day.

So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries.  Today’s trouble is enough for today. – Matthew 6:34


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