Issue #1 - A Four Step Framework For Doing More By Doing Less

Sep 25, 2022

Read Time: 4 Minutes

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It took me a little bit longer than I anticipated to come up with a format that felt good to write on my end and lived up to the value I want to deliver to you. I feel like finally arrived at something that I believe will do both. This newsletter will be delivered to your inbox once a week - every Sunday morning. I picked Sunday as this is a day where you can enjoy reading this newsletter without the hustle and bustle of the week to week.

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How To Do And Enjoy More By Doing Less

Often we think that the answer to getting what we want in our businesses and in our lives is adding more stuff.

Every twitter guru tells you that the “key to success is” - journaling, meditation, cold showers, micro-dosing, mid-day walks, fasting, reading, new productivity systems, the list goes on… ad infinitum.

What we don’t seem to realize is that the more we add, the less time, energy, and attention we can channel into the things that will truly make a difference or truly fulfill us. 

There is an ancient Chinese form of torture called - Death By A Thousand Cuts - where a criminal is tied up in a public square and slowly bled out one cut at a time. 

Having your time, energy, and attention split into a thousand things is similar to this form of torture.

Eventually, you will become unfocused, overwhelmed, and ineffective.

I want to offer you a different perspective.

Doing more by doing less. Addition by subtraction. 

Here's A 4-step Process To Doing More By Doing Less:

Audit - Take some time to assess what you are currently committed to doing in your everyday life. From habits to social commitments, everything. Keeping a log of what you do every hour for one week will be helpful for this.

Eliminate - The first question you have to ask yourself is what are you currently doing that is not a high-impact activity, where not much would change if you would completely eliminate it? Then, eliminate it. Do not let emotions get in the way. Be ruthless here.

Delegate/Automate - Some things you won’t be able to eliminate as they still have to get done. Can you buy back your time by delegating or automating this task? If so, do so.

Limit - Some things you won’t be able to eliminate, delegate or automate. See if you can limit these things and to what extent.

Now that the garden is clear, it is your job to figure out which seeds will bear the fruits you want to enjoy. Plant those. Be intentional. Then make sure weeds don’t grow and take over the garden again.

 Be mindful of every new commitment you make to others and to yourself.

Get comfortable saying “no.”

Before saying yes, take a pause.

Understand that everything you decided to take on is a trade-off. If you are doing that, you won’t have the time, energy, and focus to do this.

Make it a habit to ask yourself “is this essential to the life I want to create?” If the answer is no, eliminate, delegate, automate or limit.

I hope this email helps you create space in your life so you can focus on the things that will truly make a difference for you. 

Until next time,

Abraham Casallas 

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