By Marc Lesser, Experience Life
What do I mean when I say that you can do less and yet accomplish more? The guiding principle is that when we approach any task in the right spirit, we become more successful and efficient at it. When we engage in fewer self-defeating behaviors, we accomplish more of whatever we set our hearts to.
At core, doing less and accomplishing more is about aligning your actions with your values and your particular passions. That means you may use this approach and still wind up with just as much activity packed into your days, but you will be less scattered and distracted, and you will accomplish more of what matters to you: more of what serves your deepest purpose and intention; more of what brings you satisfaction and connection with others; more of what you believe really needs to get done.
The Less Manifesto focuses on engaging less in five self-defeating habits in order to experience more ease — more composure and better results — within ourselves and with others.
The five core activities to engage in less in our work and in our lives are: Fear, Assumptions, Distractions, Resistance and Busyness.
The point is to find more meaning, more happiness and greater productivity (as well as productivity of a less exhausting sort!) through understanding and changing these specific patterns and habits in our lives. In the Less Manifesto that follows, I describe each of these five arenas and provide exercises and practical advice for how to turn these negative habits around.