Reducing Unnecessary Motion

Have you ever wondered why short basketball players tend to be better shooters than tall ones?

It isn’t that they’re inherently less skilled. Tall players actually have a physical disadvantage in this area. Tall bodies means long arms and long legs. When shooting this translates into more motion. More motion means more can go wrong. Small errors are magnified. The result is less accurate shots.

This concept applies to everything. If you want to be more productive, eliminate unnecessary motion.

Think of your work process. Every single day is filled with hundreds or thousands of actions. How many of these actions are really necessary? How many could be avoided? How many distractions could be eliminated?

Avoiding unnecessary actions gives you more time to focus on the tasks that really matters, the tasks that lead to happiness and success.

The key to being more productive isn’t doing more. It’s doing less, better.


Erin shows overscheduled, overwhelmed women how to do less so that they can achieve more. Traditional productivity books—written by men—barely touch the tangle of cultural pressures that women feel when facing down a to-do list. How to Get Sh*t Done will teach you how to zero in on the three areas of your life where you want to excel, and then it will show you how to off-load, outsource, or just stop giving a damn about the rest.

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