Accomplish More by Doing Less

Our obsession with getting things done comes down to this.

What are the 3 most important things you need to do to call today a success?

We tend to work on the easier tasks, the ones that can be completed faster than the most important.

Spend all your focus on these 3 things and nothing else.

In fact you’ll wind up doing more than 3 things but the critical ones will be handled.

1.  Identify the 3 critical things that will make you more productive today.

2.  Do nothing else until those 3 things are completed.

3.  If one of the big 3 turns out to be a multi-step, multi-day project, identify the next most important start step and tackle it.

4. Avoid the black hole of productivity.  Resist the temptation to knock off a few easier things because they are, well – easier.

5. You will find yourself being more productive with time left to fill in with smaller, less critical tasks but rest assured that these leader tasks will not interfere with your ability to accomplish goals.

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Fewer Friends

We’re obsessed with likes, follows and gathering as many social media friends as we can.

Here’s another plan.

Winnow down to fewer friends and spend more quality time with them.

There is no virtue in going for numbers and monitoring who likes your postings.

One true friend can be a life changer.

Why spend valuable time tapping out conversations with those who do not matter at the expense of those who do.

Friendship takes nurturing.

It is best appreciated when friendships are focused on the present.

A true friend deserves nothing less.

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People Who Don’t Care

There’s nothing that can be done to make a person care about a project, a person or anything if they are not already motivated to do it.

Spend your efforts on that which you care about and the people who matter to you the most.

When it is critical to win the cooperation of others, find their hot button but don’t confuse it for how you may feel.

We spend too much of our time trying to change people and that is a dead-end strategy.

Often in trying to wake up others we loser some of our own enthusiasm.

Let your enthusiasm carry the day.

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When You’re Doubting Yourself

Doubts are normal, we’re human.

If you won’t believe in yourself – in your ability to do it – you can’t expect anyone else to give you the chance.

Assume success not failure every time.

If you fail, assume success the very next time as a result of what you learned.

If you doubt, you’re out.   

If you believe you can win, you’re in. 

Never outsource your need for a confidence boost to someone else – it’s your job, not theirs. 

Trying is a virtue that means you win even when things don’t go exactly the way you want. 

The difference between a success and failure lies between your two ears.

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Chief Happiness Officers

There are over 1,000 of them listed on LinkedIn’s website according to an article in The Independent.

Execs with the sole focus of making and keeping employees happy.

We’re beginning to learn that the way we feel at work is more important than all the perks some companies offer.

Some companies spend what costs out to be over $10,000 a person in physical perks but words are more effective.

Praise and reward over finding fault.

Flexibility to find balance between work and personal life.

The way you talk to people turns out to be more important than any other perk or consideration.

The British reformer John Ruskin had it right over 150 years ago:

“In order that people may be happy at work, these three things are needed: they must be fit for it, they must not do too much of it, and they must have a sense of success in it.”

There can also be a Chief Happiness Officer at home to make sure the family not only has the best you can afford but can feel valued in a way that has nothing to do with money.

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