Less, but better. If you live by this princple, you can drastically improve your own life. Here is what you can do to: 1. Decide on what matters the most 2. Say no to everything else. 3. When a task is neither important nor urgent, also say no 4. Be extremly cautious to committing to recurring activities.
1. Focus on a few things to become very good at them
The more time you spend on improving your skills and testing what works and what does not, the more likely you are to succeed. Imagine that you have ten energy points per day: you could divide them among ten different activities and spend one energy point per activity or spend all ten energy points on a single activity. Who do you think would be better in building a business: the person who engages in many different activities or the person who focuses most of his energy on building and growing the business? The answer is obvious.
2. Do not say yes to everything
Forgive yourself for having to say no to things that do not bring you closer to your goals. Remember that every time you say no to something you say yes to something that might be more important. It frees up time to focus on the things that matter. Moreover, rhe reverse of this is also true: everytime you say yes to something, you are saying no to something else.
3. Fight the Fear Of Missing Out (FOMO)
This fear makes us believe that everytime we do not say yes to something, we are going to miss out on an opportunity. Most likely, you are indeed going to miss out sometimes, but it is okay. Life goes on. On average, you will be better off skipping some things, instead of trying to do too much. Focus on what is important and urgent.
4. Avoid recurring commitment
If you are going to occasionally say yes to things that are neither important nor urgent, be very careful that they are not a recurring commitment. A one-time commitment of a few hours is much less impacting than a monthly hourly commitment. The way you can think about it is this: when you say yes to a recurring commitment, you are effectively saying yes multiple times for as long as you are going to be in that commitment.
The bottom line is to keep the main thing, the main thing. As an entrepreneur, you have to work as effective and efficient with your available time as possible. There are a countless amount of tasks that could bring your startup further and it is your responsability as a founder to decide what these tasks are and make sure to get them done.