Do less, but better
Do less, but better
We often tend to want to do more. Adding tasks to make us feel more productive, adding work, adding items to our to-do list...
We are continually adding, but without taking the time, from time to time, to clean up our schedule and our tasks.
What if instead of always adding, we decided to slow down? To do less, but not necessarily to do less. In fact, it's quite the opposite; By doing less, we can do better. We have the mental and physical space to do it. We're 100% there when we do a task rather than having our mind running or already thinking about what's coming.
But how to do it? How can we do less when all our tasks seem essential to us? First, realize that they are not all essential. It's impossible that everything we do in a day can't be delegated, put off overnight, transformed to be more comfortable, or just abandoned.
It is also important to realize that our happiness does not rest on perfection. It doesn't have to be perfect for us to be happy. On the contrary! It is often by putting this pressure on ourselves that we have the impression of constantly running and having no time for ourselves.
Take a moment to think about it:
• Are all the tasks on your schedule essential?
• Which can be delegated? Could your life partner, family member or friend help you? Asking for help is not a weakness, but a great strength that will greatly benefit your happiness.
• Which task can be postponed when your schedule is already busy? Is it dramatic to do the dishes the next day, not to vacuum today?
• Are there tasks that could be made easier for you? For example, putting all of the similar tasks in one block of your week is a very effective way to save time.
• Are there tasks you are doing that could be abandoned? Maybe things you've been doing for years, but are no longer useful to you.
The goal is to achieve what is essential for you and your happiness. We often tend to scatter and forget what is truly important to us. Our priorities and what we want guides our lives every day.
An excellent book to start this thinking and to apply this philosophy a little more in your life is "Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less" by Greg McKeown. It is a book that can truly transform a living and that everyone should read. Wanting to no longer participate in this too fast pace of life is to give yourself a gift. It's also about living more in line with our values and priorities, by making us feel so good! Try it, and you will see it.