For more lasting effects, you’ll need a different approach.
It’s essential for focus that we’re not trying to do too many things at once. And yet we continue to say “Yes!” to more than is good for us. The result? We get irritated at that event we didn’t even want to go to, get frustrated while doing tasks we weren’t hired for, and get exhausted by meetings with people that wipe you out.
This is your periodic reminder to pare down your list of tasks and responsibilities. Today.
Should you stop doing everything you don’t feel like doing? On the contrary. I’m all for taking on the things nobody else will touch. But if there’s something we need more of, it’s true focus and attention for the task at hand. We can’t concentrate if we’re worrying about all kinds of other things.
That means getting rid of some responsibilities. Whether you pare down your list out of self-preservation, or so you can produce higher quality work: Creating some space gives you breathing room, boosts creativity, and helps you do a better job at the things you do.
But odds are I don’t need to convince you of the benefits, so let’s get to my concrete suggestions: