In my strategic planning workshops I ask participants to focus on the essential few ideas that really matter and get rid of the trivial many items that don’t lead to real progress over time. I read about the MOLO principle (More Of, Less Of) from Tony Jeary, which definitely boils things down to a level anyone can understand and apply.
Here’s how it works. Get a blank sheet of paper and draw a line down the middle. On the left side write ‘More Of’ at the top. On the right side write ‘Less Of’ at the top. Now write down what you want more of and less of in your life and business. Show what you’ve written to a trusted advisor and start discussing how you can start rearranging things to do More Of what you want while shedding those activities you want to reduce. It’s a great starting exercise to being more productive.