Should We Focus On Doing Less In Life?
You should refrain from falling into the trap of being busy. Being busy is not necessarily productive. So, in order to be productive, we ought to stop overthinking productivity and believe you me, productivity is overrated.
As I said long and tiring workdays does not mean you had a productive day or you were effective. It is just that you are overwhelmed with the burden of doing too much in too little time. The urge to score quickly has left you unhappy, joyless and a dent in your relationships.
Meetings are generally 20 or at best 50 minutes so if you attend anything other than this is a wastage of time and mere chit-chat. Meetings come with an agenda and if there’s an agenda there must always be some takeaway after the meet. If you have come out only sipped tea and munching some biscuits, probably not.
Your time is yours to hold
You can mark your calendar for times you allow yourself to think and reflect. Marking a calendar may be a stretch but if it gets you to grab hold of your time, do it! It’s far more valuable than being wasted under the pretext of productivity. So say, assign 9-11 in the morning for strategist, hmm?
Gain > Loss
At the end of the week write down whether your gain was more than your loss. Gain in terms of new things you learned, how you became a better person than yesterday, skills garnered, individuals assisted and the likes thereof. So ascertain by weighing between all of the above against the number of meetings attended.
You efficacy is only if you have moved from action-oriented tasks towards purpose-focused tasks.
Incorporate mindfulness in your schedule
Mindfulness is crucial to ensuring focus and concentration in life. Anything worth doing calls for dedication and you cannot achieve that level if your life is a mess if everything is haywire! Thus, you introduce the habit of meditation in your routine.
With meditation practice, for instance, if you are in a meeting – you will actually listen than doing the talking until you have something valuable to add. You will less in rush and will encourage more meaningful, deeper conversations. You won’t remain built for the small talk.
Therefore, take some time out and disconnect from all the hustle bustle of this world. You will realize how doing less but quality work in life has its own perks.
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