More is not always more

I have observed in life activities come in waves.  If you think about a wave, amplitude and frequency are two very important characteristics.  As a refresher, amplitude is defined as the maximum extent of a vibration or oscillation, measured from the position of equilibrium [reference].  Frequency is defined as the rate at which something occurs or is repeated over a particular period of time or in a given sample [reference].  When we are super busy in life, we are most likely near the top of the wave and when life is dull and boring, we are near the bottom of the wave.  Depending on what lifestyle we live, these ups and downs may occur at different rates or frequencies.  Imagine that you can control the frequency and amplitude of your life to a point where you can reduce your levels of stress.  In my opinion, this would be great!

Too often, I find myself trying to take on too much because I was always under the impression more is more.  In reality, more is not always more.  When we try to take on too much, we can find ourselves overly stressed, tired, and zoned out.  We are not able to enjoy the present and may be unhappy.  If we take an approach where you are prioritizing the activities in your life and controlling the wave (amplitude and frequency), then you may be able to better life your life.  There is the saying, less is more and I truly do believe in some instances, this is true.

A perfect example of how to prioritize to get more done can be seen here.  This link will take you to Stephen Covey’s “Big Rocks” demonstration, which is a very good way of looking at how you should prioritize your work.  At the end of the day, we all want to accomplish something and produce results.  Remember… more is not always more.  You are in control of your life and it is up to you to create the life you want to live.

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