Limit yourself

Do you know how smart mathematicians usually deal with complex math? They look for the simplest and most elegant solution, as it is often the most effective and most accurate.

Don’t underestimate the power of limitations. The ability to put limits on everything you do is a power that leads you to success. You may have many hours to accomplish several projects, but then you have an incentive to prioritize your goals. Prioritization will help you have a single focus and stay optimally effective.

Actually, the thing is, it doesn’t matter how many things you get done. What matters is how you get them done. Not quantity, but quality. People appreciate higher quality. This includes your customers, your readers, and your boss. If you do less and focus on the important stuff, you will actually achieve more meaningful accomplishments.

And there is one more advantage to doing less: You have more room to enjoy the meaningful things right now.

Slow down your pace. Breathe. Create time to enjoy your morning instead of rushing off to work. Enjoy whatever you’re doing. Focus on the people you’re talking to. Single-task rather than switching between a multiple of tasks and focusing to any of them.

Limiting yourself and slowing down is a conscious choice and takes courage. You have to change your mindset and your behavior. But forget all the stereotypes about working hard and about working more hours. Forget about trying many different dishes at a time, and about eating every crumb you have on your plate. Don’t buy every new model of a phone. Stop doing all the tasks on your to-do list. You have to start thinking about how your actions impact you, your work, and your loved ones.

It’s worth your effort. You’ll reach a greater level of happiness.

The more a person limits himself, the more resourceful he becomes.— Soren Kierkegaard

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