Do more by focusing on less

Ben "The Hosk" Hosking
2 min readFeb 19, 2021

“Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days.” Zig Ziglar

Increase your productivity is not doing more, it’s focusing on doing what’s important because you greatest constraint is time.

There is an old proverb

“the person who chases two rabbits catches neither”

The same is true with priorities because the person who works on 10 priorities, finishes none.


Eliminate the non-essential, focus on your priorities because every non priority item takes time away from your priorities. Everyone you meet will try to get your divert your time to their priorities and away from yours, guard your time fiercely.

To achieve more, focus on fewer items that bring bigger rewards. The common response to doing more is by working harder and longer, but this leads to working more hours and eventual burnout.

Don’t out work your problems because you are treating the symptoms not the root cause (e.g. why do you have so much work and how can you delegate some).

Too many priorities mean nothing is a priority. If you have 10 top priorities, you will start work on 10 but finish none. Focus on the top 1…



Ben "The Hosk" Hosking

Technology philosopher | Software dev → Solution architect | Avid reader | Life long learner