Stop Hurrying and Start Living
If you’re not getting enough things done on your to-do list, you’re not alone. It’s common to feel a little overwhelmed, rushed, and even guilty when you’re unable to get everything done each day. Staying focused and in the moment is challenging.
Then the little things seem to start piling up. The dishes are dirty and the laundry needs to be done. The only obvious solution is to be even busier and to schedule every minute of the day.
It’s important to remember that nothing stays finished for long. Most of us feel like everything has to be done before we give ourselves permission to enjoy life. However, that moment of feeling “caught up” never seems to come.
If you need to create a little more space and enjoyment in your life, try these tips:
1. Learn to be glad that you have more work to do. Remember, if you have more to do, your time is valuable. Imagine the implication of not having any tasks to complete at work. You’d likely be out of a job sooner, rather than later.
2. Look for dead time. You might believe that you’re busy 24/7, but that’s likely untrue. Use those moments between tasks to mentally relax. We all think much more than necessary.
If you’re working on a report at work, you’re probably also thinking about lunch, the unpaid cable bill, and what you’re going to do this weekend. None are helpful, nor do they help you get your report completed.
You’ll be much more relaxed and get more accomplished if you mentally limit yourself to the task at hand.
3. Slower can be faster. Calmly approaching each task will frequently result in getting it done quicker. As our minds become overstimulated, it’s much more challenging to stay focused.
4. Limit tasks. You can probably only get a few important tasks done each day. Making a list of 5 is certain to lead to feeling overwhelmed. Pick the 2-3 most important tasks to focus on. The rest can wait until tomorrow. If you’re spending time on tasks that have little meaning, ditch them.
5. Give yourself the time you need. We all tend to be optimistic, and our mental schedule requires everything to go perfectly. Be realistic and give yourself the time required for each task, as well as the time between tasks.
If you’re constantly in a hurry, life can feel chaotic and joyless.
You probably have more time available than you realize. You just need to know how to find and capitalize on those moments.
All the best!
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