Achieve More by Doing Less: 5 Ways to Work Smarter

Subtraction, not addition.

Dan Silvestre


In this post, I’ll share 5 ways to achieve more by doing less.

Weird, right?

Here’s the truth:

Life does a good job of teaching us that to achieve more, you should do more. You should “hustle more” and “work harder”.

And so our days become one long battle of trying to complete endless to-do lists.

But the secret to ramping up your productivity isn’t addition, it’s subtraction.

When you reframe your work this way, you focus on trying to work smarter, rather than harder.

You stop doing tasks that make you feel busy but don’t deliver results.

And this leaves you with enough time for what matters.

Here are 5 ways to achieve more by doing less.

#1 Prioritize Your Tasks

To achieve more by doing less, you need to focus on what truly matters.

The 80/20 rule (aka The Pareto Principle) tells us that “80% of the results come from 20% of the actions”:

In other words, only a few tasks account for the majority of the results.

My favorite framework to prioritize tasks is the $10K framework. It’s a simple process of identifying your highest-leverage tasks.

Grab your master task list and insert each task into one quadrant:

  • $10 work. Replying to emails (getting to ​inbox zero​), some meetings, or talking to unqualified prospects
  • $100 work. Outsourcing simple tasks (that you should automate), or listening to an audiobook from your industry
  • $1.000 work. Planning and prioritizing your day, ​delegating complex tasks​, or acquiring a unique skill
  • $10K work. Recruiting for a senior…



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