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Fundamentals of Less Doing: Wellness

Fundamentals of Less Doing: Wellness

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Wellness means different things to different people but to me it basically comes down to how much stress you have in your life and how you deal with that stress. Practically speaking, to attack stress we need to look at fitness and nutrition. I couldn’t possibly offer a panacea for everyone because we are all so individual. This post is not about offering some magical new diet plan or fitness regime. I’ll simply tell you a little about the experience I’ve had, framed in the context of showing you how to explore these options for yourself to find the best…

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Fundamentals of Less Doing: Batching

Fundamentals of Less Doing: Batching

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Fundamentals of Less Doing is a series of articles detailing how we think about productivity from a conceptual level. If you are new to Less Doing, the Fundamentals series is a great place to start. Not everything can be outsourced, and even if it can, you might not be able to afford it, or you might just want to do it yourself. If you’re not outsourcing it, you should probably batch it. What Is Batching? Batching is all about “getting in the zone” and minimizing transition time. The problem is that most of us don’t think ahead. You cook every night…

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Fundamentals of Less Doing: Organization

Fundamentals of Less Doing: Organization

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Fundamentals of Less Doing is a series of articles detailing how we think about productivity from a conceptual level. If you are new to Less Doing, the Fundamentals series is a great place to start. It should go without saying that organization is paramount to any efficiency measure. Organization comes in many forms, whether it’s mental checklists, email processes, or physical space layout. All forms are important depending on the task at hand. A lot of people find it difficult to get or stay organized but we have a method that is simple to execute and requires only a modicum…

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Fundamentals of Less Doing: Finances

Fundamentals of Less Doing: Finances

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Fundamentals of Less Doing is a series of articles detailing how we think about productivity from a conceptual level. If you are new to Less Doing, the Fundamentals series is a great place to start. The Less Doing lifestyle is obviously about efficiency, and we believe that should translate to financial savings too. It’s not enough to simply manage your finances, we want you be a financial sushi chef, cutting out all of the fat and leaving nothing but the tastiest bits….now I’m thinking about sushi….anyway, to accomplish these goals you need a clear picture of where your money is…

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Fundamentals of Less Doing: Stop Running Errands

Fundamentals of Less Doing: Stop Running Errands

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Fundamentals of Less Doing is a series of articles detailing how we think about productivity from a conceptual level. If you are new to Less Doing, the Fundamentals series is a great place to start. Running errands can easily be considered the biggest time drain that people encounter on a regular basis. In this present day of constant multi-tasking and efficiency, running errands can really gum up the works. If you’re lucky you can make a phone call or two while grocery shopping but you’re attention the call will be compromised and I guarantee you will forget that one critical…

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Fundamentals of Less Doing: Choose Your Own Workweek

Fundamentals of Less Doing: Choose Your Own Workweek

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Fundamentals of Less Doing is a series of articles detailing how we think about productivity from a conceptual level. If you are new to Less Doing, the Fundamentals series is a great place to start. Many people, especially those reading this blog, have heard of The Four Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss. The title is a bit facetious because Tim admittedly does more than four hours of work per week, but you really need to define what a workweek is and then you can decide how much of your life you want it to occupy. What is a Workweek? Glad…

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Fundamentals of Less Doing: Customization

Fundamentals of Less Doing: Customization

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Fundamentals of Less Doing is a series of articles detailing how we think about productivity from a conceptual level. If you are new to Less Doing, the Fundamentals series is a great place to start. We live in a society that offers options for customizing just about everything you can imagine. Food, clothes,¬†vehicles, and even a box of LEGOs can be designed and manufactured for no one other than you. This is not a pursuit in narcissism; there is tangible value in getting exactly what you want and leaving out what you don’t. The basic principles behind customization¬†are to save…

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Fundamentals of Less Doing: Creating an External Brain

Fundamentals of Less Doing: Creating an External Brain

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Fundamentals of Less Doing is a series of articles detailing how we think about productivity from a conceptual level. If you are new to Less Doing, the Fundamentals series is a great place to start. One of the most important things you can do to have a life of Less Doing is to have a system that allows you to find anything at any time. If you want to remember something, your head is not a very good place to keep it. The fundamental problem with trying to remember everything is that in doing so, you run out of space…

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Fundamentals of Less Doing: Doing What Matters (The 80/20 Rule)

Fundamentals of Less Doing: Doing What Matters (The 80/20 Rule)

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Fundamentals of Less Doing is a series of articles detailing how we think about productivity from a conceptual level. If you are new to Less Doing, the Fundamentals series is a great place to start. Take a moment to think about your day. Think about what you did. Now, think about what you actually accomplished. Are you satisfied with what you accomplished? More importantly, did the “things you did” contribute significantly to that accomplishment? Did they contribute to your overall goals for your job? For your business? For yourself? I’m going to guess that for most of you, that the…

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