Some advice I commonly see on time management websites is to “do less.” I have to admit my initial reaction to this advice is sarcasm: “Oh great idea. I can be less busy if I just stop doing stuff!”
I understand part of the point, which is to not take on more when you are already busy by saying no to optional obligations. But that’s not really doing less, it’s just not doing more than you’re already doing.
Another way to “do less” is to cut out time wasters that deplete your energy, like too much internet surfing. Being bombarded with information coming at you at the speed of light can deplete your decision-making energy because on every page you are deciding, do I click on this link? What about this one? With every new page there’s a flood of information and visual overwhelm. Reducing that type of input prevents your brain from getting tired out on trivial matters.
I think for most of us, we have so many things that need to get done every day it’s not feasible to cut many of them out. I think better advice is to group similar tasks together to streamline actions and do things more efficiently.
Have you ever tried to “do less?” How did it go?