Less is more: unshackle yourself and do more

Less is moreFeeling overwhelmed?

I know I get that feeling and I’m sure you do too.

Lately, I’ve been weaning myself off quite a few things.

It all started when I decided to consciously reduce my information intake after writing about being an information junkie.

Initially, you find it hard to cut things out of your normal routine because you’re afraid you will miss something.

We’ve all been there.

But what if you could accomplish more by doing less?

Sounds counter intuitive doesn’t it?

But it’s not.

Because I’ve been reading less, I find that my mind is less cluttered with unnecessary information. I’ve freed my brain from the shackles of information overload.

You can too.

All you have to do is, do less.

Take the information IV out, slash those unproductive tasks from your to do lists, and do less.

Be ruthless with your time. You only get one shot at life, so you need to make it count. Do what needs doing.

Less is more in action

I’ve seen some other people do same thing because they were feeling overwhelmed and not accomplishing as much as they wanted.

And do you know what they did?

They did less and accomplished more.

Let me give you a couple of examples.

Leslie Samuel from Become a Blogger decided to get rid of his Google+ community of over 800 people because he wanted to do more. By doing this, he sets his sights on what drives his business.

Leslie also made a list of priorities that he focuses on. If the top priorities weren’t getting done, he focusses less on any low priority.

Easier said than done I’m sure.

Another great example

A recent Entrepreneur on Fire guest  does something very particular every Friday.

He cuts something off the list that isn’t helping him in his business. This gives him the opportunity to crush it on other aspects of his business.

You don’t have to be overwhelmed, you don’t have to do more.

You just have to do what gives you the most bang for your buck.

New mantra

Because of this new mantra I have read less and had more time for my brain just to do what brains do… think.

It is due to this free thought that has led me to a couple of great ideas. Have I done anything with these new ideas? no. I just noted them and moved on. Very similar to what you do in meditation. Acknowledge a thought and move on.

Less is more with blogging

You can also use this way of thinking to your blogs.

You don’t have to write a textbook when you write a blog post. Simply write until you’ve said what needs saying.


Final thoughts

What can you cut out of your busy life to give you more time for more important things? Leave a comment below with what you can cut out.


  1. Thanks for including me as an example Iain. Yes, it definitely is easier said than done, and it’s something I’ve contemplated for a LONG time before actually biting the bullet. However, as you say in your title – Less is more. That’s often the case, and I’m already finding it to be true since making this decision.

    All the best as you continue to grow your business!

    • Iain Robson says:

      Thanks for stopping by Leslie. I know how busy you are so I appreciate it.

      I can\’t imagine how difficult it was because you know some people find value in it. However, you can\’t be everywhere without stretching yourself thin.

      Thanks again for stopping by.

  2. Iain, you’ve done a great job not only of articulating a simple solution… you’ve also practiced it in the writing itself.

    Not a lot of fat there to cut off of the bones. You said what needed saying, minimum of illustration, stopped there. Now I can take action on what you’ve written and go one with my day. Well done!

    Heh… A funny note on productivity: if you get a chance, google the video and article by Maneesh Sethi. This guy hired someone on Craigslist to slap him in the face every time he signed on to Facebook or did something else on his computer that wasn’t related to his working goals. HILARIOUS! Not only was his experiment fun but also EFFECTIVE.

    Keep Stepping,


    • Iain Robson says:

      I heard about that guy actually. That is a pretty crazy thing to do, but I guess it worked for him.

      I\’m not sure that I would appreciate it as much, but whatever works I suppose eh.

  3. Great post, Iain! I came here to do a blog audit for you (I know…MONTHS late, dude!), but I wanted to return the favor you provided for me so long ago. And I saw this article and it speaks to me. I have decided that I’m going to hire a VA so that I don’t get tied down with all the other stuff. In addition, I am going to be cutting out the things that don’t matter. Or…at least…trying to! Thanks for this reminder :)

    Thrift Diving

    • Iain Robson says:

      Glad it spoke to you.

      Getting a VA is a great idea. If you’re looking for information on getting one, check out Virtual Staff Finder. Chris Ducker has a great service for people looking to get one.

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