Episode 7: Why Doing Less Is the Best Way to Do More [Podcast]

Welcome to the new season of This Is Your Life. In this seventh episode, Michele Cushatt, my co-host, and I talk about Greg McKeown’s most recent book, Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less.

Like cleaning out a cluttered closet, McKeown recommends that we intentionally declutter our lives from the well-intended commitments and activities we’ve accumulated.

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Do You Dread Saying Yes But Feel Powerless Saying No?

The two most powerful words in the English language are yes and no. Unfortunately, they’re also the hardest to master.

Do You Dread Saying Yes But Feel Powerless Saying No?

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Like you, I have more opportunities and requests than time and energy. I’m better than ever at discerning the good from the bad, but I still sometimes agree to a project or meeting, instantly realize the mistake, and wish I had a rewind button for my life.

Lysa TerKeurst wrestles with the same thing, and I’m excited to say she’s now written a book on making wise decisions in our crazy world of endless demands.

The Power of the Minimum Effective Dose

It’s easy for me to overdo things. I know, shocker. What can I say? I like getting things done. But the problem is that when I overdo, I underperform.

The Power of the Minimum Effective Dose

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For people driven to achieve, it’s a common trap. Even if we pare things down to the essentials, we can plow so deep into those that we’re just wasting our efforts—even while we think we’re making headway.

Instead of being satisfied with an effective level of engagement, we go over the top. It might be exciting at first, but it’s not sustainable and will actually set us back.

How to Unplug While You Are on Vacation

For the last few years I’ve taken a short sabbatical each summer. I’m looking to rest and focus on intense relational time with Gail. The challenge is unplugging from the Matrix.

How to Unplug While You Are on Vacation

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Anyone who’s attempted it can relate to the difficulty. I’m at the computer or on another device a large portion of the day, every day. I’m reading, interacting on social media, dealing with email, building my business. Plugging in is second nature. Unplugging is hard.

The Paradigm Shift That Helped Me Defeat Perfectionism Once and for All

There’s nothing more useless than unfinished projects. But it’s easy to watch them stack up, isn’t it? So what can we do to wrap them up and ship them out?

Break out of the Prison of Pefectionism

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I’ve been thinking a lot about unfinished projects since watching this video by my friend, Jeff Walker. Don Miller has also talked recently about completing things. It’s tougher than it looks, right?

I can tell you where my difficulty comes from.

How I Cut the Amount of Email I Receive by 83% in Less Than a Week

Lousy communications is one of the biggest challenges any team faces. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve lost files, even whole conversation threads, in email. And no one likes triaging an inbox, even with a good system. So what if we had a better solution?

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Slack Running on My Laptop

We do, thanks to a team of online video game developers.

After pulling the plug on an unsuccessful multiplayer game, the developers at Tiny Speck Inc.—now called Slack—turned their attention to fixing the communications problems that undermined their own efforts. And I’m glad they did.

Why You Should Flush 90% of Your To-Do List Down the Toilet

It’s easy to confuse abundance with blessing, especially in our work life. But sometimes abundance is just another word for burden. And it’s crucial for our success and satisfaction that we learn to spot the difference.

Are You an Essentialist?

More opportunities cross my desk every day than I can manage, and I bet it’s the same for you—even if you don’t always realize it.

We face a constant temptation in life to take on more than we can handle. We just don’t have the bandwidth. But it’s hard to let an opportunity go, isn’t it?

#097: How to Do More of What You Love (And Less of What You Don’t) [Podcast]

Recently, I recorded two podcasts on the subject of delegation. The first dealt with the principles of delegation (Episode 42). The second suggested how you might delegate even if you don’t have a staff (Episode 43).

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The primary reason to delegate is that non-delegation doesn’t scale. It is not sustainable. This is why so many people feel overworked, overwhelmed, and burned out. But there is an even more important reason to delegate: To enable you to focus on what you do best in order to maximize your impact.

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Why People Who Sleep Longer Achieve More

Our society puts a high value on achievement but not much on rest. I hear people brag about how much they work and play but never how much they sleep—usually the opposite. But what if sleep could help you achieve more?

Why People Who Sleep Longer Achieve More

My team and I just finished launching the Get Noticed! Theme for WordPress, and I am fried. We were down late and up early, day after day. Late-night emergencies and early-morning crises were the norm.

What Motivates Your Drive to Be More Productive?

Ever since I began blogging, productivity has been one of my most popular topics. But I’m convinced we’re not always productive for the right reasons. Maybe this is why many people are productive but miserable.

Chevrolet Production Line

Over my career I’ve been entrusted with a lot of responsibility. At one time, I was responsible for the well-being of over six hundred employees and a company legacy two hundred years in the making.

4 Strategies for Cutting Your To-Do List in Half

Whenever I ask a friend how they are doing, they inevitably respond, “Busy. Crazy busy.” It seems like all of us have more to do that we can possibly get done.

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One of the most helpful time management principles I’ve ever found is David Allen’s Two-Minute Rule. The basic concept is that you take immediate action on anything that can be done in two minutes or less. This is the key to becoming more productive.