To get more, do less

I’m tired of people saying they’re busy all of the time.

Not because they’re not actually busy, but because they use it as an excuse not to change anything.

If your busyness is making your life unmanageable, it’s your job to reduce the amount of things you need to do however that needs to be done. You can go the route of elimination of delegation, but the things that don’t give you value in life need to be pushed somewhere else.

We admire all of our heroes for accomplishing great things.

But how did they get there?

It’s by being selective about what they did and minimizing the time they spent on activities and busywork that didn’t make their lives better.

The Key Is To Do Less, Not More

So many times in my life, I’ve wanted to be super fit, learn Japanese, and start my own YouTube show, and also start my own business — often all at the same time.

There’s a reason I haven’t made much progress in any of these and no it’s not because Oreos are delicious.

It’s because I’m trying to do too many things at once.

My focus was too spread out.

Think of focus as a finite amount of energy. It has the shape of a ball. Now if you have many different interests and you spend that time in many different directions during the day, you’ll make some progress, but not much.

Now, when you choose to prioritize things, and spend 2 hours a day on something, you’ll go a lot farther in it than if you had been trying to hit many different goals at once.

The less you do, the farther you’ll go.

The less you do, the farther you’ll go.

It’s simple math really.

You can spend a little bit of time getting better at something here and there if you do it once or twice per week. But if you put in the time to do it consistently and with focus, you’ll get a lot more done.

Take for example, writing.

You could either write one essay per month like in most college courses, or you could write 500 words per day. Who do you think the better writer is going to be?

The difference over 4 months is enormous.

If your average college paper is 500 words, then over 4 months, you’d have written and thought about 2,000 words. But if you wrote 500 words everyday, then after 4 months, you’d have written at least 60,000 words.

It’s all about committing to practicing the same thing consistently. When you do that, you’ll make monumental increases in your skills and output.

Think about what you’re spending your time on. Can you reduce the things you do, so you can put more energy into a select few things?