Hard work isn’t always the best work. Society tends to confuse working hard with being busy. So it only makes sense that being busy, overworked, and constantly climbing a monumental to-do list makes you a hard worker, right?

Wrong.

The best performers know that “less is more” and they don’t confuse checking out with cutting back to check in. Follow their lead. Instead of overexerting yourself to do everything – with mediocre results – focus on fewer tasks and do exceptional work.

Focus on less, contribute more, and outperform expectations.