Align your actions around your larger goals to make life better.
In business, asking "Why?" will lead you back to the company strategy. Or it should. "We're cloning fluorescent bunny rabbits. Why is that important?" "Because our strategic goal as a business is to dominate the cold-weather, outerwear market." Ah. Yes. Well, then. Perhaps we could use orange spray paint and paisley, and just skip the whole bunny abuse thing?[[AdMiddle]
Take a look at your to-do list, your scheduled meetings, and, of course, the things you'll do every day like read e-mail, go for a run, exercise, whatever. For each thing on the list, ask yourself, "Why am I doing this?" Connect it to your larger goal. And then ask, "Can I find an easier, faster, cheaper, funner way to reach that same goal?" You might be surprised that very often, the answer is "Yes."
By the way, as research for this episode, I asked a room full of parents if any parent has ever gotten a teenager to clean their room by asking, yelling, or threatening. The consensus was, "No." The strategy that worked was when a ten-year-old sister bet a fourteen-year-old brother that he couldn't hang up his clothes every day for a month. Not only did I, er, he, keep his room clean for the month, but I/he hangs his clothes up to this very day.
This is Stever Robbins. If you have a question about how to work less and do more, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or leave voicemail at 866-WRK-LESS.
Work less, do more, and have a great life!