There’s a part of Navy SEAL training called “drown-proofing” where they bind your hands behind your back, tie your feet together, and dump you into a 9-foot-deep pool. Your job is to survive for five minutes.
There’s a reason New Year’s Resolutions are so hard to keep: Reinventing the way you live overnight requires a willpower that most of us don’t have. And yet—many popular productivity systems ask you to uproot your work in just that way.
To get better results, do less but do it better. Many of us work in an endless stream of tasks, emails, notifications, meetings, multitasking in the process, never pausing and never ending. Pursuing more and more every day.