Doing Less in Order to Do More - Who Knew?

 Photo Credit: Michele Mateus Photography

Photo Credit: Michele Mateus Photography

If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you may know that I recently spent a three week holiday from my day job working in my art studio nearly every day. It was pure bliss. I went from managing two jobs (day job, and artist), to only having to work out the logistics for one of them (artist). I consciously tried to slow down my pace, starting a restorative yoga practice, walking, and spending time meditating each day.

Despite the insistence of my logical mind that I needed to be “doing” more, I found that by taking time to be still and to “do” less, I was actually able to be more creative while in the studio. This is quite revolutionary for me as I’ve always followed the mantra of if there are more minutes in the day, then it is imperative that I fill them with useful activity. Once I got into the pattern of doing less, it was relatively easy.

I returned to my day job a few days ago, and found my plan to go to the studio and accomplish at the same pace as during my holidays quickly derailed. Now I need to find a way to balance the doing less to be more creative within the smaller amount of time that is available. Have you tried doing less in order to do more?