It is our need to feel both worthy and accepted that causes us to fill our days up with tasks (often meaningless). Our To-Do lists are destined to never get To-Done. How can they? We are constantly adding more and more items to the list just for the sake of doing so. We always seem to be behind the 8-ball. Rushing from one place to the next and usually running late. This makes us feel unsatisfied and ultimately leads to the feeling that we're trying to avoid in the first place - unworthiness. Seems kinda pointless.
I'm NOT saying that you should neglect all of your responsibilities. Adulting requires that you meet specific deadlines and follow certain guidelines. However, you can still remove some unnecessary burdens from your shoulders by creating space in your day. Yes, space. You know - an actual blank line or two in your agenda for the day. Better yet, you can replace a task with a fun activity that makes you happy daily instead of trying to cram in fun on the weekend. Adulting doesn't have to be drudgery. Neither does entrepreneurship. I realize that this may go against all that you've been taught. It will take a minute to retrain your brain to transition from doing to being.
You and the people around you will be much happier and serene if you slow down the pace. Any machine that continuously works around the clock will eventually break down. It's just a matter of time. While you're not a machine, you may be treating your body like it is. Your mind, body, and spirit need downtime on a regular basis in order to function at optimal levels. Your body's break down may come in the form of the flu, a cold, a disease, or injury that forces you to give it the rest that it needs. This break down can be avoided with scheduled maintenance and tune-ups. Creating space in your day is ultimately the most responsible and loving thing that you can do for yourself.
Here's what creating space may look like:
- 6am Quiet Time with tea/coffee
- 8am Task 1
- 10am Go outside for a nature break
- 10:30 am Task 1
- 1pm Lunch (just eat, no multitasking)
- 2pm Task 2 (or resume Task 1)
- 4pm Take a fun break (Listen to music, dance, or watch a short comedy)
- 4:30 pm Task 2
- 6pm Reflect on what you've accomplished
- 6:15pm Set top priorities for the next day
Move your inner overachiever and task master to the back seat. Allow your soul to take the wheel and guide you in creating a day that is truly fulfilling. Life will become more enjoyable and you'll actually get more done by doing less. A little productivity really does go a long way!
Comment below and let me know how you're going to create space in your life this week.
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