How to work less, live more and still get things done (with a smile on your face)

21 August 2015 9:52 am Tags: , , No Comments

Most people think that the only way to do a ‘good job’ is to work long hours and ‘put in the time’. While that might be partly true, the fact is that many of us waste an incredible amount of time trying to make things perfect, be perfect or get the perfect results, when perfection isn’t really necessary.

Think about it; who do you know that’s perfect

Anyone? Yourself? Most likely it will be very difficult to find someone perfect, because it’s nearly impossible to attain perfection (especially at work) and it’s definitely impossible to maintain it.

If you try to fix everything and take care of every problem, before you know it your brain will be burnt to a crisp and your business will falter.

That’s not to say that you shouldn’t work hard and put forth your best, but instead that, in many cases, doing enough to get the job done is just fine.

Do you need to answer every single email with a lengthy, involved answer? No. Do you even need to answer all of them? No! You also don’t need to fix everybody’s problems, work until your head hurts or respond to every question immediately, or even at all.

This is especially true if you run your own business. If you try to fix everything and take care of every problem, before you know it your brain will be burnt to a crisp and your business will falter.

Here are the 3 D’s that will save your sanity; Delegate, Delete and De-stress.

Delegate tasks that others can take care of. If you’ve hired the right people, this should be relatively easy to do.

Delete emails that aren’t important, news that isn’t relevant and anything else that doesn’t either affect you, help your business or add to your life.

De-stress as often as possible. Turn off your smartphone, get away from the computer and go get some fresh air and sunshine. Take a walk, have coffee with a friend (without your phone to distract you) or read a book. Anything that will get you away from your work, career and/or business for a little while.

You’re only human!

Lastly, be OK with not being perfect, and with your people not being perfect too. Do your best always, of course, and trust them to do their best too, but allow yourself and your team to be human.

Don’t settle for mediocrity, but don’t kill yourself trying to be perfect, and you’ll find much greater satisfaction in all that you do, get more done, and do it with a smile on your face too.

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