Had the type of day that made me think there may just be a bit of wisdom in this philosophy.
- Less hectic, busy schedule, less stress, more peace. Doing less leaves free to schedule less, leave more space in your schedule, work at a more human pace.
- More ability to focus, to find Flow, to work in the moment. When you are doing too much, you are constantly switching from one task to another, constantly interrupted, constantly distracted. Do less, clear away distractions, single-task.
- Work has more impact and spreads further and wider. When you do too much, your work is spread thinner, you have lower quality, and people won’t spread your work or give you awards for low-quality work.
- More pride in your work, which feels good. Feels awesome, actually, to create something worth putting your name on.
- People appreciate higher quality. Customers rave. Readers enthuse. Reviewers glow. Bosses promote.
- More time for family and loved ones. Not a small benefit. Be sure that if you do less, you use the saved time for something important. Like quiet time for the ones you love.
- More time for other things you enjoy. I use my time for exercise, or reading, and of course my family.
- Free yourself up to create amazing things. Creating is hard to do when you’re busy and distracted. By doing less, you can create something great.
Some very interesting ideas. With the pace that things have been going lately, it’s a model I am seriously considering adopting.
One caveat – I run into the perpetual problem of feeling like graduate school is supposed to be a mad rush composed of being:
- As busy as possible at all times.
- As stressed as possible at all times.
- As broke as possible at all times.
Is this not true? Can “doing less” also mean doing less of those three things? Because that would be nice.
The ultimate challenge, as always, will be achieving balance between all of the things that will remain in my life (even if there are less of them).
I hope I’m up to the challenge.