Work / Life Balance Manifesto

What is Busy to Death All About?

Simply put – working less and doing more. We know it sounds like a misnomer, but we are 100% positive that once you get an understanding of the kind of changes we are suggesting… you’ll get it. This isn’t just another productivity blog, or a ‘Getting Things Done’ clone. The focus here is on work-life balance and the effect of technology / startup grind on the human animal. We’re trying to work on things that matter in ways that are healthy and encourage success. Success isn’t always defined with dollars; we can define success with increased efficiency, increased creative output, decreased feelings of being overwhelmed… the list goes on.

The Tenets of Busy to DeathTheBusy To Death philosophy is founded on these ten core principles:

  1. Constant busyness means poor prioritization. If you’re always feeling overwhelmed, introducing a priority ranking system will lead to increased effectiveness and decreased mental fatigue.

  2. Creativity needs breathing room. You can’t force innovation or creativity. You can, however, give it some space to percolate.

  3. Creative solutions are key to success. Thinking outside the box can have a huge impact. Identifying new solutions to existing problems can lead to enormous opportunities.

  4. Off-time is an extremely fertile environment for innovation. Several of the worlds most innovative thinkers had their best breakthroughs while away from the ‘office’.

  5. Busy work is a psychological crutch for fear of failure. Instead, we should seek to do big things, take risks and be effective. This is best expressed through Stephen Pressfields The War of Art.

  6. One big push won’t earn success. The model of success is activated by many small decisions in the right direction.

  7. Motivation is a finite resource eroded by every decision of the day. From shirt selection (Mark Zuckerberg wears the same outfit every day to avoid this) to hard business decisions – every decision you have to make erodes your analytical processes.

  8. 80% of results can come from 20% of efforts. The Pareto principle in action. Focus on the stuff that matters – stuff can be clients, products, emails, whatever.

  9. Technology enables us to be highly efficient but also highly distracted. Always on connectedness introduces exponentially increased inputs throughout the day, interrupting our work cycle. Tuning our process to filter unwanted inputs and squash FOMO (fear of missing out) are crucial to highly effective and efficient workflows.

  10. Workload fetishism is rampant – but results fetishism is not. In many circles, 90 hour + workweeks are worn as a badge of honor. Everyone wants to talk about how much they grind, how many hours they log and how much code they write. But where is the work-life balance? When do we get to talk about how efficient we were?

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