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Want To Be More Productive? Do Less.

There is a humorous scene in the surprisingly memorable film Forgetting Sarah Marshall where Paul Rudd’s strange surf instructor character, Kunu, is giving Jason Segel’s Peter his first lesson imploring “The less you do, the more you do.” While Peter has trouble following Kunu’s advice to catch waves, there is something to be said for applying his credo to your work life.

Like me, I’m sure you often find yourself pulled in many directions. Unexpected projects with challenging deadlines pop up. One employee needs your time more immediately than another. Your schedule becomes less white board and more puzzle board, and the only time to get your work done is after hours.

Time is one of our most precious resources. When faced with tough decisions about your time at the office, consider doing less. Put another way, narrow focus yields broad results.

Doing less has everything to do with focus and nothing to do with intensity. Make the tough choices about your time and invest more of yourself in what you choose. Delegate the rest to trusted employees and provide them necessary growth opportunities. Your productivity will increase, and your staff will learn valuable, on-the-job skills.

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