Community//

Doing Less Can Be a Lot More

Sometimes, slowing down is exactly what we need.

The Thrive Global Community welcomes voices from many spheres on our open platform. We publish pieces as written by outside contributors with a wide range of opinions, which don’t necessarily reflect our own. Community stories are not commissioned by our editorial team and must meet our guidelines prior to being published.
Shutterstock
Shutterstock

I hear a lot of this from people doing outstanding work (and yes perhaps slight overachievers):

  • “I love my job… but I’m just exhausted.”
  • “I’m not complaining, but I just have a lot going on.”
  • “My schedule’s not a problem. I have the weekend to catch up.”
  • “I’d love more time to [fill in blank].”
  • “I’d get so much more done if I didn’t have to wait for/rely on xyz, which is out of my control.”
  • “My current work routine really isn’t sustainable…”

Moreover, in many environments, the pressure to do more with less only exacerbates this running-on-a-treadmill feeling. It’s tempting to put the onus on the institution: “This is just how it is here.”

Let me push back on that:

How did being high-performing lure (or trap) you into feeling you need to be even higher performing?

Remember: You are in control of you. And I strongly encourage you to give yourself permission to do less.

Before you start listing reasons you can’t do this, remember: Rarely does anyone make you do something (if so, I encourage you to ask yourself if you think this type of environment is what you really want).

Be accountable to yourself first. Rather than assuming more is better, ask yourself what better means to you?

When you answer that, not only are you defining meaningful success for yourself — you’re also modeling for others that we can change how the system works.

Excerpted from “Why You Should Give Yourself Permission to Do Less

Created by Molly Tschang

Originally published on LinkedIn.com

Share your comments below. Please read our commenting guidelines before posting. If you have a concern about a comment, report it here.

You might also like...

Community//

How I Use Mood Labeling to Lift My Mental Health as a Bipolar Founder

by Dan Seider
Community//

Kendra Martin of Craft Lab Co.: “Integrating creativity into your routine spurs innovation”

by Ben Ari
Work Smarter//

The Productivity Strategy I Use to Do 40 Hours of Work in 16.7

by Chris Winfield
We use cookies on our site to give you the best experience possible. By continuing to browse the site, you agree to this use. For more information on how we use cookies, see our Privacy Policy.