How Working Less Can Help You Accomplish Essential Tasks
- We work way too hard, with little boundary between work life and everything else, and never feel that we've accomplished enough.
- We procrastinate and get distracted, and feel guilty about how little we get done.
...but maybe this is.
- Do fewer things, and be more mindful and committed to those things.
- Recognize your victories.
- Rest, recreate, and connect more.
The "work too hard" group
Of course, at some point exhaustion takes over, and the quality of my work slips, and I'm forced to stop. But I feel like I haven't done enough. I often feel like that, even when an objective observer would say I've made a ton of headway, or that they can't believe how much work I've churned out.
So working less doesn't seem to fit my MO, even though I recognize that I sometimes work too hard and rest too little, and that my work sometimes takes over the rest of my life.
Working less would mean reducing the number of projects I undertake, which means I need to focus on higher priority tasks.
So let's say I can work for just two hours today. How will I spend my time? And what happens to the rest of the things on my to-do list?
Then I could focus on the one or two things I need and want to pay attention to. At the end of the two hours, I could feel pleased and victorious, because I accomplished important things.
The "procrastinate too much" group
Two extremes, one solution.