How to do more, with less
The communication tools we have are fantastic, ubiquitous, and integral to modern workflows. I use Slack, Zoom and Miro heavily in my day-to-day as I coach my reports, collaborate with teammates, and work with clients all across the country. This ever-flowing sea of communication across multiple tools makes us hyperconnected and truly in control. At least that’s the idea.
Attending Canvas gave me the rare chance to go on airplane mode and be in the moment. No work messages. No doom scrolling social. No group chat gif bombardments. Maybe that’s why I enjoyed the day so much. The event was held at an IMAX theatre, so fittingly I felt that familiar sense of being at the cinema and becoming engrossed with the show.
This led me to think about a recent change to my own work process which allows me to focus on achieving one great thing every day. I call it Do Less, Better.
A few months ago, I decided to take some control back of my working day to help me better support my team, in a smaller window of time. I achieved this by blocking out some time in my diary every day to ‘Get Stuff Done’. Before 10am and after 4pm I turn my Slack notifications off and say no to any internal meetings so I can dedicate my time to a specific project or task.
Being readily available to my colleagues and reports is essential, especially when working remotely, but blocking this time out to Do Less, Better has really helped me. Folks know not to bother me unless it’s business-critical, and I can devote my time to Slack/calls/emails as much as needed 10–4 without fearing I’ll run out of time for key deliverables. By making sure I achieve at least 1 important thing every day, I can look back on each week knowing that I’ve delivered a bunch of important stuff really well without neglecting the needs of my team.
Looking back on some quotes and stories I scribbled down from the conference, I saw these themes of better time management and improved levels of communication emerge time and again.