Last week I saw a tweet… that lead me to article… that lead me to rethink my week… which is not quite as distracted as it sounds. You see my two work-related focuses at the moment are coaching and research. Both involve finding and absorbing knowledge or information and then reflecting on it. I was in the ‘finding’ stage when I came across this piece.
It centred around the Gestalt principle
‘When in doubt, do less’
It piqued my thinking.
So often, we are overloaded with information and restrained by time pressures yet we seek out more. What else can I fit in? Why aren’t I there yet? I must get this all done. Now. Today. Stat.
We become reactive, rather than active or proactive. We become a slave to our rushed choices rather than an example of our value-based decisions.
What if we took a moment to pause. To think. To align. To determine what can come off the to-do list, rather than what can go on it. Create some space, and some time as well.
One way to do this is to reduce the number of decisions you need to make in a day. Decision fatigue is actually a thing. Barry Schwartz presents one of my all time favourite TED talks on the Paradox of choice, when more is not better. He highlights how many more decisions we have to make in today’s world compared to 20, 30, 50 years ago.
Even if you like variety, reducing the number of decisions you make in a day will made a difference to you. It will give you more time, energy and headspace. Which you can then use to make your life the one you want. Then you can Wake Up and Be Awesome (or at least have the energy to work towards it!).