Updated: Feb 20
We are conditioned to think that the more we put in the more we get out, and to some degree that's true...
(To an enormous degree actually, this is not an excuse to put less effort in)
There's a certain amount of unavoidable time and effort that will be optimal for you to invest, whether that's into your nutrition or the gym, training for a sport, building a business, revising for an exam...
But, there comes a point at which you no longer see the same returns for your time, and in cases you can damage your progress.
A great example of this is Lewis Hamilton, 7 time F1 world champion, who is known to have all sorts of hobbies outside of the sport of F1.
Piano lessons, creating music, fashion... and some criticised him for this; saying it was a lack of dedicated to his sport.
But clearly, taking a step back from his sport to invest himself into what brought him pleasure, peace, and improved mental well-being allowed him to excel in what is his clear no.1 devision.
Not to mention the reduction in stress from switching off, something we can all benefit from.
There is also more than one way to make progress... it doesn't have to come from doing "more".
It could come from networking and connecting with people, from having space and time to gain a fresh perspective that allows you to make better decisions, from allowing yourself to enjoy something off your meal plan - which, providing it isn't detrimental, can help your journey in other ways (reduced stress, satisfaction, managed cravings)...
Like many things I discuss, this all circles back to what goes on in your mind.
Doing too much can come at the cost of mental-wellbeing and stress, which can outweigh any potential benefits from doing what's "best" on paper.
Hence, less can sometimes be more.