“Do less, then obsess” (~Morten Hansen)

There’s a lot of cheap talk about focus these days.

There’s a staggering amount of evidence that doing too much at once creates mediocrity and burned out employees.

This week, I listened to Jacob Morgan interview Morten Hansen, a professor at UC Berkeley, who has written a new book called Great at Work: How top performers do less, work better and achieve more.

He’s on to something.

I work in technology. It moves extremely fast. People are saturated with work…and with change.

Yet, we were recently reorganized into a team where our senior leader is excellent at saying ‘no’. For the first time in eight years, I have open windows in my calendar. I’m learning how to say no too.

The result?

I’m doing more of what’s important.

I’m teaching myself how to do less, then obsess.

I have a feeling I am going to be proud of the important things that get accomplished in the next few months.

With this philosophy, we can redefine our experience of work. We can deliver what’s important. We can get to great results faster.

Try it.

Do less, then obsess.

Let me know how it goes.

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