When you start to discover the benefits of less, emptying your closets and junk drawers seems obvious. Scheduling less becomes easier, and doing less is a welcome change. If less is good, more is better. More less that is.
Imagine applying your principles of less to other areas of your life. Is there a benefit to less when it comes to your words? Can what comes out of your mouth be too much?
Simplifying has been such a blessing in my life, that I recommend more less…
- Speak less. If you are known as the blabber mouth, or if you ask questions just so you can answer them, you might consider choosing your words more carefully. What you say will become more important and more meaningful when you say less. Speak less and listen more.
- Write less. Some of my very first blog posts are less than 300 words. Some recommended that I give them more. Some said that the perfect post would be between 750 and 1000 words. I listened. I tried it. It seemed a little contrived. Delivering a certain number of words is not what this blog is about. This blog is about delivering the message while valuing your time and attention. Write less and deliver more.
- Gossip less. Gossip starts off innocently enough. “Can you believe what she did?” I’d like to think that I don’t gossip maliciously, but when I turn your story into my story, my speculation, it’s not nice or helpful. My opinions on what I think is your gossip worthy situation won’t help you if I am sharing them with someone else. If you lean towards what you may think is harmless gossip, consider the time you are wasting. Consider the energy you are putting into something that you have no intention of changing. Gossip less and help more.
- Judge less. You may judge a person or situation out of habit, to protect yourself, or to discern how to treat someone. With that often snap judgement based on what someone drives, how they dress, how many tattoos they have, or perhaps their physical condition, you might miss an opportunity for genuine connection. Judge less and connect more.
This post only has 426 words. Less fluff, more meaning. Less is not just for clothes and kitchen utensils. Let the power of less seep into every area of your life. When you let less into your heart, you’ll start giving more than you ever imagined.