In today’s society, we are conditioned to think that we should be busier, do more and work harder. Many motivational speakers shout well-meant advice that leads you to believe that you don’t do enough, and that’s why you’re not successful?
We take the idea of neglect too seriously. This is why my resolution for this year is to neglect my responsibilities more often and more strategically.
In our worry-some modern age, it is more important that we should do a lot less. The concept of Letting Go founded by Taoists thousand years ago called Wu Wei, which described the power of non-action or simply letting things of.
Work burnout is characterized by emotional exhaustion, detachment and its diminished efficiency. Doing less, therefore may not lead to work burnout.
Neglecting our work can be similarly advantageous. Doing less can give us a boost in our productivity over time and creativity. Delegating tasks to others and choosing carefully the kinds of an assignment we take can help do things better. Learning to say no, let go and do less helps us become happily more successful. By forcing yourself to go for less, you paradoxically end up with more.
How to do less but wisely
Starting by identifying what matters the most. Consider what rises to the top for you in the balance of important things.
What can you let go off it the end of the day/week a lifetime? Greg Mc Keown’s Book, Essentialism offers a clear step by step process to doing less.
Explore what activities feel essential and not less.
Eliminates non-essential activities.
Make space and create sustainable habits around act you find to be essential.