Get More Done by Focusing Less on Work by Stew Friedman

“Stew Friedman wrote this article for Harvard Business Review suggesting that if you want to get more done, you should work less. Read the article and you will realize three things: 1) Why so many people are barely getting by; 2) why it’s so hard for high-energy, successful people to find satisfactory candidates to work for their company; and 3) why America is falling behind.

While I agree that a person will be more creative and productive by focusing on the areas of their life they care about the most, the article suggests that work is not something that people care about, nor that it contributes to home, family, community, society, mind, body and spirit. That is where the article foes wrong! A great book on how work positively effects community, society, home, family and self is The Problems of Work by L. Ron Hubbard. I have read this book at least three times and here is a great quote from it,

“The person who studiously avoids work usually works far longer and far harder than the man who pleasantly confronts it and does it. Men who cannot work are not happy men.” – L. Ron Hubbard

Find work that is in line with your purpose and I assure you that work will positively contribute to your family, home, community, society and yourself. This is why so many highly productive people say they love their work. Read the entire article and decide for yourself.” – GC

Get More Done by Focusing Less on Work by Stew Friedman

When people want to get more done at work, they double down on the time they put into their jobs. They adopt a new productivity approach, stay at the office late, work weekends, revamp to-do lists, and try to cram more into every day. But what if the secret to performing better at work, and feeling more satisfied, isn’t to put more effort and energy into work but less? Instead of working harder and longer, what if you better integrated the four domains of your life – work, home, community, and self? My research has shown just that: By focusing more on the areas of life you care most about, even if those aren’t work, you’ll perform better at your job.

In July 2013, I wrote a piece and launched an assessment on HBR.org meant to help readers take a clear view of what they want from — and can contribute to — each domain of their lives. My advice to people was to carefully consider the people who matter most to them and the expectations they have of one another.

Read the full article at: Harvard Business Review

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