Have you been working on shifting your paradigm? Have you found your True North? If so, congratulations. Not there yet? Still looking for your heart’s desire? That’s okay sweetie. As I said in Part I, shifting your paradigm is a journey that can't be rushed.
Where ever you are in your journey, you can begin to manage your vision by doing less. Here are some tips I've learned along the way.
Ok, not completely.
The first thing I learned about accomplishing more while doing less is to spend less time planning. During my days of 60+ hour workweeks, I spent a lot of time figuring out how to get more done. I read The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People and sharpened my saw. I read David Allen's Getting Things Done and at one point had my inbox down to zero emails. These systems taught me to manage time and paper. They didn’t, however, help me accomplish more.
What I needed was a vision management system. Something that allowed me to do more of the things that excited me. That was where my True North came in. When I began homing in on my purpose, I began assembling my weeks accordingly. I became shocked at the amount of things I could accomplish, even as I was doing less - less planning, less of the things that didn’t excite me. Instead, I was spending my time on fewer, more important goals.
Once you start seeing your True North, doing less and accomplishing more becomes simple, if not intuitive. Point your compass to your True North and all else will follow.
The funny thing about this pair of posts about doing less is they almost didn’t get written. I had the idea and wrote a 1300 word draft in one sitting. But then my life blew up. I hit a To-Do List wall, stressing about the number of commitments I had, which all seemed to be converging and conflicting at once. Then a little mishap with my Etsy store put me into a complete melt down – I sold an item I couldn’t locate. Who was I to opine on accomplishing more while doing less? I couldn’t even keep track of my pottery. I had no wisdom to share.
Before I hit delete, however, I realized the beauty of my situation. The buyer wasn’t upset and I ended up finding the awol mug a few days later. Business crisis averted. This was an apt lesson in letting go of perfection. Yes, there are risks to do doing less. I don’t accomplish things perfectly. But I never really did. Something always fell through the cracks – usually me. Being aligned to my True North, now makes these crisis mere blips. No harm, no foul.
Are you ready to accomplish more, while doing less? What do you want to accomplish? What will you do less of, in order to accomplish more?
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