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5 Ways to Do Less and Accomplish More

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5 Ways to Do Less and Accomplish More

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.

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9:31PM PDT on Mar 12, 2012

awesome article, I will be sure to do many of these things, this was very helpful

5:34PM PST on Nov 6, 2011

Great advice that I will take to heart. Thank you.

1:48PM PST on Nov 6, 2011


1:14PM PST on Nov 6, 2011

This is definitely something that I'm going to come back to. Thank you for posting.

7:33AM PST on Mar 4, 2011

Thanks, it was surely a great article and there are a lot of things mentioned that I will put into action.

Once again, thanks for your informative article.

4:54PM PST on Nov 30, 2010

Some great ideas to think about.

6:56AM PDT on Aug 8, 2010

Thank You for sharing, tips are interesting

8:02AM PDT on May 26, 2010

Thank you. Will need to read this again.

4:04PM PDT on May 2, 2010

This is all really useful. I embrace my paradoxes almost constantly, so that bit's not new, but a lot of the rest is. Thanks indeed for posting this.

5:46PM PDT on Mar 15, 2010

so helpful

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