Obvious statement alert: The ways in which we work and communicate are so, so very different than they were 10 years ago.
Unfortunately, the efficiency and ease with which we can now complete so much of our daily work often just means there's that much more work to be done in a single day's time.
More, more, more.
The irony of all our newfound efficiency, ease and increased communications is that it so lovingly sets us up for complete and total overload and burnout.
We pour more energy into the minutes and hours of extra time that technology saves us each month.
We can do more, so we do do more.
I know I often find myself getting sucked into the mentality of "I can do more and so I will!," and every single week I work with clients who find themselves getting caught up in the same mentality.
Lately though, I've found myself saying, "No more, more, more."
Time to put on the brakes.
Even if you've ever scoffed at people who've recommended slowing down in the past, please give serious consideration to what I'm sharing with you today: You can accomplish so much more if you do just a bit less.
I'm not making this up. There are heaps of proof, mountains of evidence and stacks upon stacks of books out there that explain why it works this way.
Much of it has to do with how we're wired, how our brains work and what we need as human beings outside of email, online chat, websites and productivity apps to truly be productive.
a) an overachiever,
b) someone who feels like there's never enough hours in a day, or
c) you know someone who is a or b ...
I highly, highly encourage you to read the New York Times article I link to below. It shines a bright light upon how we can all do so much more if we can allow ourselves to do a bit less. It's my hope that the content in the article encourages you to approach the coming work week with a new perspective.
And perhaps, just perhaps, that new "less is more" perspective can slowly transform into a wonderful, more permanent way of approaching productivity in your work and life.
Go on, have a read: http://tinyurl.com/bcrkhkx.