GenX women in higher ed from around the globe

Do Less

In Information Minoration on 2011/01/27 at 00:26

Heather Alderfer, writing from New Haven, Connecticut in the USA

My motto for 2011 is simple: do less. By doing less, I’m hoping to accomplish more. No, it’s not an oxymoron. I try to do too much, so by cutting back on what I’m doing, both at work and at home, my goal is to do whatever task I’m working on more thoroughly, more mindfully, and more completely.

I’m a piler. I leave piles of stuff all over my house, much to the annoyance of my partner. I have piles at work, and each pile represents some project that I started, but haven’t quite finished. I have every intention of finishing each task, but then the phone rings, or an email with one of those lovely red exclamation points comes into my inbox, or a Dean needs a report. So I turn to the next task. And the next task.

Read the rest at Inside Higher Ed (link here)

  1. Oh Heather, I do so very much like your plan. I wish you all the best in accomplishing much by doing less.

    I have intentions of saying ‘no, I can’t fit that into my personal/professional life at the moment’ more often. I’ve made a pretty good start at it. Pity is, I’ve already made too many commitments to fit the ‘write PhD’ priority within the Top 10 for 2011. eek!

    ps. I’m a piler too, but my partner is a hider-of-things-from-view. What he can’t see doesn’t stress him, but what I can’t see just drops from the priority list; ergo: unpaid bills, missing pieces of research – and I’m forever losing my car keys because they’re not where I left them.

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