Less is more

Are you feeling stressed and overwhelmed? Maybe that’s because you’re pushing yourself too hard. Being in a constant rush lowers your energy levels and deprives you of satisfaction. You’re ticking off boxes on your task list instead of engaging in meaningful activities.

It’s time to start accomplishing more with greater ease – remember, less is more. Consider these 3 steps to doing less the next time you’re straining to hurry up.

1. Set priorities. Figure out your definition of success. Devote as much time and energy as possible to the activities that matter to you. Cut back on making commitments that are irrelevant to your goals. Learn to say no to distractions tactfully.

2. Budget your time. Be realistic about what you can accomplish in a single day. If you’re frequently falling behind schedule, track how much time some of your routine tasks really take. Block out your time and give yourself a buffer between engagements.

3. Adjust your standards. Know when good enough is acceptable. Maybe you want to aim for an A-plus when it comes to being a parent, but you can live with a B minus on washing your car (or do as I do and get someone to do it for you!).

Slow down and get more done. When you’re feeling under pressure, change your strategy instead of speeding up. Take a few deep breaths and count your blessings. Your to-do list will look less daunting, and you’ll be more productive.