You Are Doing Too Much

“It’s not what you aren’t doing, but what you are doing that’s wrong.” —Joe Sheya One of the criticisms I heard most often from my first martial art teacher was that I was doing too much. I was complicating the techniques that, in his mind, were actually quite simple, by doing a lot of unnecessary…

Efficient to What End?

Efficiency is important, but only if they brings us closer to what truly matters. We live in a day and age where a lot of value is placed on maximizing efficiency. We are constantly hustling to get more done in less time and we want everything in our lives to be newer, better, and faster….

Presence and Participation

Time is infinite, but ours is not. Time is not on our side. It is either dragging us through life or we are pushing back against it, but it does not stop. It does not slow down. It does not wait for us to be ready. We can not make more time. We can not…

Prioritizing for Efficacy

If everything is important, nothing is important. When we combine the needs and wants of others with the things that we need or want to get done for ourselves, we quickly begin to realize that there is not enough time to accomplish everything or to satisfy every demand. One of the easiest ways to guarantee…

Accomplish More By Slowing Down

Hurry, slowly. There is a tendency when overwhelmed with too many tasks, demands, or responsibilities to speed up in order to catch up or get ahead. An increase in quantity of output tends to lead to a lower quality result. When we rush, we make mistakes. Mistakes have a tendency to double our workload. We…