Want to Get More Done? Stop Doing So Much.
Love or hate it, January is the time of year when big-box stores sell organizational products and everyone seems to be making resolutions.
Me? I've always been a sucker for fresh starts. As a teenager, I loved September, when I had new, in-style clothes and anything seemed possible: Will the cute guy actually notice me this year? Maybe I'll get into the club! I bet my teachers will be RAD. (Yes, I was an 80's child.)
Now, I write down new goals at the end of December and re-visit them halfway through the year, on my birthday. The only problem is: my list of "want-to's" always exceeds my time, resources, and energy. The world seems too open; my dreams seem too big.
Not to worry, says Todd Henry, author of The Accidental Creative: How To Be Brilliant at a Moment's Notice. Want to get more done? Stop doing so much.
It sounds counter-intuitive, but Henry asserts that both companies and individuals will suffer if they don't learn how to prune away projects and opportunities. His advice? Say "no" to certain desires for now (not necessarily forever)--and watch your productivity soar.
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