Marcus Aurelius - Meditations
It's Monday morning. The week has just started and you have a million things to do. Your schedule looks like a bomb blew up inside it and everyone wants a minute of your time. There are errands to run and deadlines to meet.
Busy feels a lot like important. It isn't. (The guy flipping burgers at McDonald's is busy.)
If we pause and ask ourselves 'is this necessary?' for each and every action and thought, no redundant actions should follow. All those meetings, worrying and rushing through errands that you secrely thought were pretty useless? They might be.
A useful way of dropping the useless, is taking the 50,000 foot eagle's view approach. When you're working in the minutiae of the detail, step back. What's the big picture? Am I helping the end goal in the most efficient way? A lot of the time we build complicated, huge project plans, convoluted spreadsheets, detailed budgets or lengthy briefs when in reality the necessity of the situation may only call for very little.
Don't just do as you're told. Do as you're needed.
Doing Little isn't about being useless, It's about focusing on the important.
Do little. Do important. Win back your time. Do what's necessary and be happy. Democritus said so.
This is the start of Meditations Monday, a weekly kick start to your week with ideas from Marcus Aurelius, the philosopher emperor who lived over 1800 years ago.