Guys, I am so sick and tired of running around like a chicken with its head cut off. Since you landed here, I’m going to guess you feel the same way? 🐔😆
I think most of us are ready to jump off the Crazy Busy Train. And most of all, we are just done with the feeling that no matter how much we do, it’s never enough. You too?
What if we could just do less?
Believe me, I know this doesn’t sound very plausible. After all, all it takes is one sick day to feel like the whole world is crashing in, right? Well, as counter intuitive as it sounds, I’ve been learning a little more about how to do less and get more done. It’s all about decluttering our time and saying NO to things that are sucking our time and energy. I wanted to share it with you and see if just maybe, we can bring a little sanity back into our lives.
Get curious about where your time is really going 🤔:
Bear with me, we are starting with Captain Obvious… But where does the time go?!? 😆 Before we can do less, we have to know what we are actually doing!
Maybe you don’t think you have any spare time. I get it, remember? 🐔 Tracking our time is the first step in taking back control of our lives. To help you do this, I invite you to print out the free Do Less and Live More Workbook and fill out the pages for Project #1.
Tracking how we spend our days is a simple exercise that can make a huge difference. When we track our time, it forces us to look at the situation objectively. No more feeling sorry for ourselves that we have too much to do, just mindfully observing what is happening. Once we are mindful, it becomes easy to recognize activities that aren’t serving us and put them on the Do Less chopping block. 🗑
This will not be a news flash, but social media, messaging, and email are killing many of us. Why yes, I do have a flair for the dramatic 😜, but they are killing our time, which is killing our dreams, and therefore killing us.
I struggle with this as much as anyone. I get tired and want that little dopamine hit of new information and so I piddle away valuable time checking email and Facebook. 🤦♀️That’s my personal Time Eating Black Hole. What’s yours? I bet we all have at least one! Now that we know, we can dig a little deeper.
Let go of perfectionism:
I’m pretty sure it was somewhere in Daring Greatly that Brené Brown said “Perfectionism is a hustle”. (I could choose to scour the book and make sure I’m right, but that would be doing more for perfectionism.) 😂 Isn’t it true though?
Perfectionism constantly has us adding more to our plates, in an effort to prove our worthiness.
Perfectionism says we have to spend 5 hours making organic French macarons for the party instead of 5 minutes swinging by the bakery. (You can’t hurry macarons, ask me how I know.) 😜
It says we can’t leave the house without eyeliner (for the ladies at least), have crumbs on our floors, or turn down any request… less someone realize we aren’t perfect. If any of this rings true for you (as it does me), we have to ask this:
How many non essential things do I do to look good or impress others? 🤔
Look, I like rocking smokey eyes and I like baking from scratch. And I hate compromise. But in the quest to Do Less, we have to look a little closer at why we are doing things. Is the impact is worth the effort? Which brings us to our next point…
Find Your Big Rocks:
Perhaps you’ve heard this illustration before. In front of you, you have a bucket, several big rocks, and a pile of pebbles. If you try to put all the pebbles in the bucket first, you find there isn’t room for all of the bigger rocks. But… if you put the big rocks in first, you can then sprinkle in the pebbles and they fall nicely between the rocks.
See where I’m going with this? 😉 Our big rocks are the most important things in our lives. The things that move us towards the life we want to have. The things that bring meaning to our lives. Those are the things we have to put in our bucket first, every single day. Then we can sprinkle in the pebbles, and maybe not all the pebbles will fit, but that’s okay. We are setting aside time for the things that are most important.
Trade Multi Tasking for Focus:
Once I worked in an office that ran on Crazy Busy.🐔 Have you ever worked in an environment like that? Everyone runs around like chickens with their heads cut off, the employees are stressed and burnt out, and no one actually gets much done.
It was when I was working there that I came across this information: Our brains can only attend to one cognitive task at a time. When we have to constantly switch tasks, it works against us, leading to the loss of as much as 40% of our productivity. 😳 Yes, multitasking makes us less efficient, not more.
When I shared that information with my coworkers, my boss was none too happy. How would anyone get anything done if they weren’t multitasking?!? (Never mind that they were hardly keeping their heads above water anyways, and constantly messing things up?) 😆
Anyways, we can get much more done when we just focus. Set aside time for a task and just do that one thing. I know that may not feel possible right now, but in the workbook we’ll address ways to make that happen.
Schedule in Rest:
There’s just no way around it, our bodies need rest. Burning the candle at both ends can lower your immune system, make you more accident prone, and put you at increased risk for chronic illness and heart disease. Not cool, right?
We think we are being productive by giving up sleep, but how on task can we be when we are sick, exhausted, and dragging?
Sleep definitely needs to be one of your big rocks. Aim for seven to nine hours a night, depending on your body.
We also need regular breaks to get more done. Scientists have tried to come up with the perfect ratios of work to break, but like everything, you have to experiment with what works best for you. Keep in mind though, ninety minutes of work time is about tops before we crash.
Don’t leave without getting your free workbook, it will help you figure out the perfect break schedule for your mind and body. 😉
Delegate Like a Boss:
I understand, doing less seems overwhelming when we think of all the things that really need to get done. Sometimes I feel like I spend half of my day just cooking and cleaning up the mess. And don’t get me started on the mountains of laundry. 🤦♀️ If you’re a mom you get that for realz. If you aren’t you still have your own laundry list of tasks that keep your world spinning.
So, all of these things need to get done, but the question is: Do you have to be the one to do them?
Sometimes it’s very difficult to give up control by delegating, but if we are going to get more done and attend to our Big Rocks, we have to face facts that we can’t do everything. We have to do less by letting someone else take the reigns, and then we can do more of what matters most.
I would challenge you to make a list of things you do that you could train someone else to do. Around the house, don’t be afraid to give your kids chores. And yeah, I know it’s frustrating when you have to come back behind them because the bathroom still smells like pee and the dishes are stacked precariously close to falling out of the cabinet. 😱 Don’t give into the temptation to redo it for them. Calmly call them back and patiently show them again how to do it right.
The same goes in a corporate setting, except hopefully without the pee smell. 🤣
Practice Saying No:
Confession: When someone asks me to do something, my instinct is just to say YES! Sure, why, not? I want to help! I don’t want to miss out on anything good. All the YES-es!!! 💃🏻
And then, the “Oh, crap. I don’t really want to do that. I don’t really have time to do that” hits. 😳
Do you ever do that? Say yes without thinking about it? I’m a person of my word, so if I say yes, I’m going to follow through even if it hurts and messes up my own plans. Even if it makes me grouchy and resentful. 🙈 🤣
Mmhmm… See how much better it is just to say ‘No’ in the first place? Or “Let me get back with you”?
If we are always being carried off by everyone else’s whims, what happens to our own life’s purpose? We want to help others, but it really isn’t helpful if it takes you away from the things you truly need to do.
Practice holding that “No” space for yourself. The more you develop your gifts, the more people are going to be asking to add pebbles to your bucket. As hard as it is, it’s totally okay to turn them away as needed. #noguiltzone 😉
Are you ready to make a commitment to your future? And to your present sanity? 😉 I hope reading these tips was helpful, but until we put them into practice, nothing changes. That’s why I prepared the Do Less & Live More Workbook for you, and it’s totally free for being a valued member of our community.
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