It’s often the small things that separate the winners from the losers. However, it’s easy to overdo things. Unfortunately when you do, you’re underperforming.
When you play full-out on everything, you’ll burn out. So not only can the pursue of excellence be a curse for your emotions, it is also a productivity trap that many achievement oriented people fall into.
I believe the key here is what Tim Ferris calls the Minimum Effective Dose. It’s “the smallest dose that creates the desired outcome”. For instance water boil at 212 degree Fahrenheit (100 degree Celsius). It doesn’t boil any more when it turns to 213 degrees.
The fact that we all know water’s boiling temperature makes it a good example. However, do we really know the Minimum Effective Dose for our manuscript, our book’s front page or our book promotions?
The key lies in always asking yourself “What’s the one action which I could reduce significantly while still obtaining the same results?”
For instance I used to set aside full days to write. The truth is though that I was very ineffective during all those hours. By maximizing my focus and energy during just two hours I today get more quality writing done in two hours than I earlier did in six to eight hours.
Your Minimum Effective Dose might however be very different. So today I encourage you to ask yourself the question “What’s the one action which I could reduce significantly while still obtaining the same results?” and then answer it.
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