Get Less Done -- And Love It

Last Updated Aug 27, 2009 3:41 PM EDT

I write pretty regularly in this blog about how to get things done better, faster, and more effectively. I'm a big fan of tips and techniques that boost productivity, and I'm constantly looking for ways to hack my own workday to get more done in less time.

But maybe I am neglecting the other side of the coin: getting less done -- deliberately.

Leo Babauta writes on Zen Habits about the beauty of relaxing. He says,

There's too much emphasis these days on productivity, on hyperefficiency, on squeezing the most production out of every last minute. People have forgotten how to relax. How to be lazy. How to enjoy life.
Babauta thinks we should occasionally stop being productive and enjoy ourselves. Doing less and loving it is a great option when you're battling a non-productive day: take a nap, read a book, listen to some music, enjoy a long lunch.

If you have trouble learning to relax, here are three tips:

  • At work, give yourself an hour off. Don't try to be productive -- just have fun.
  • Take 5 minutes to go outside for a walk and breathe the fresh air.
  • Take evenings off (no working!).
For more on Babauta's thoughts, including more tips on relaxing, read his full post. Now, I'm off to a long lunch (and maybe a nap). I'm done being productive for this week.

(image by pawpaw67 via Flickr, CC 2.0)

  • CC Holland

    CC Holland is a writer and editor whose work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and a number of national magazines. Online, she was a columnist for AnchorDesk.com and writes regularly for Law.com and BNET. On the other side of the journalism desk, she's been a managing editor for ZDNet, CNet, and KCBS-TV in Los Angeles, where she earned an APTRA Best News Web Site award.