Too much of a good thing is wonderful when you’re talking about your bra size, your bank balance, or your diamonds. But today’s reality is not quite as bodacious. Less is more.
The pace of our consumption increases with the speed of our technology. If our current speed is 100 times greater than it was 100 years ago, it may well be 100 times greater than that in only 10 years.
Just thinking about it is enough to make your heart race. We’re already over-scheduled, over-spent and overwhelmed. How are we going to keep up with the overload?
STOP for a minute!
Every day since early 2007, Mr. Babauta has posted an article related to improving and simplifying your life based on the mantra, “do less, get more done.” Something almost everyone wants to accomplish.
The key to doing less and getting more done is keeping a fluid to-do list, giving priority to the tasks that add value to your life, and letting go of the ones that don’t. Your MITs (Most Important Tasks) are the ones that have the most impact on achieving your goals. Elimination of all but the most essential is where the power and the challenges lie. It’s important to do what gives you the biggest value. This is the essence of Zen Habits.
To start tapping into the power of less without getting overwhelmed by all that’s available on Zen Habits, browse The Beginner’s Guide to Zen Habits, and click on one that resonates.
For example The Top 20 Motivation Hacks. Number 15 is Just Get Started. Mr. Babauta wanted to start a regular exercise program, so he put on his running shoes every day, went outside, and closed the door behind him. Even on days when he didn’t feel like running he did those three things. Once he was outside he almost always completed a run. Number 6 on the list of Motivation Hacks is never skip two days in a row. If you’re tempted to do so, see The 8 Best Ways to Deal with Detractors.
Sometimes, we just can’t get out of our own way without some outside motivation.