Our corporate mantra has been “do more with less” for a long time. The phrase is typically used after a new idea or project is introduced. In that context, it has come to mean “do this on top of everything else you’re already doing, and don’t expect additional help.”
So I coined an anti-phrase that rings true with this article: “do less with more.” To me this means focus on fewer things: the things that really matter and have been proven to make a difference. Then put more energy, effort, time and attention into those things. It makes a world of difference.
Energy, effort, time and attention are finite resources. Doing more things within their limits doesn’t translate to better results. But allocating our effort into the the right things will win every time.