Wanna be on top? Here is why you shouldn't do it all

Time: 2 minutes
April 6, 2018

Whether you're an entrepreneur or pursuing a career within a company, you will have noticed that words such as success, high performance, leadership and productivity have become part and parcel of our work vocabulary.

We've never been as connected as we are today and switching off from our busy days has never been more challenging. Furthermore, the technology we have at our fingertips makes us thing that we can do it all.

Work-life balance?

I hate to say this because I, myself, have resisted this idea for a very long time but here it comes: you shouldn't do it all. Let me be more specific. You. Can't. Do. It. All. I'm sorry if that's not what you want to hear and if that contradicts your latest personal development read.

Work-life balance is...well...more about trade-offs than balance. What I mean is that whenever you make a choice to do something, say attend a networking event after work, it is time that you are not spending home or socialising with your friends. The choice is context-sensitive and what you choose to is up to you. However, you cannot change the fact that you can only be in one place at a time.

The good news

The sooner you accept this idea, the easier it will be to make those oh-so-important choices that will help you be on top of your game at work AND have a fulfilling personal life. That's right, this realisation will help you make more strategic decisions, truly prioritising what matters most. You will become a pro at focusing your attention on high-yielding activities first. And guess what? While it might make your to-do list shorter, the improved results of your focused work will leave you wondering why you didn't start sooner!

So yes, the old adage "less is more" remains true, today more than ever.

If you've liked this article you might also like one of my previous blogs: 5 Ways to RestoreReplenish and Rejuvenate.

I also highly recommend Greg McKeown's book Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less