I have been dragging my feet on writing a new post for a long while.
Part of the reason has been I just didn’t know what would be interesting to write about, the other part was that it sat on my to-do list for so long it became overwhelming! And it wasn’t just with writing, I keep adding to my little list and just don’t seem to find the desire to deal with the items already there.
In our busy world of not wanting to miss out on anything this can be a common problem. We all overextend ourselves, maybe we can fit that cup of coffee with a friend from out of town between this business meeting and that class we are taking. Or maybe it’s just the stress of what all we are doing at work, or there are a million places to be with the kids going to every sport and music event out there. So how do we slow down and not feel like the world will stop?
First thing is first, breathe! Breathing helps us in so many ways. First we need to do so to live. Second it brings us back to the now, which really is all we have. What is most important to do now. Focus on that and the rest should come into focus. Another important aspect of breathing is that it works on a physical level to help us relax. Deep belly breathing helps to reset our nervous system to the rest and digest mode which calms us down.
Next prioritize. What is most important that needs to be done? What can you leave or what can be done by someone else? As much as it is a nice self esteem boost to think that the world will stop if you don’t do everything you have planned, the truth is it will keep on spinning. With that in mind, what is most important for you to do? Those items stay on the list, the others get bumped off completely.
Now it is time to schedule. You want to plan out your day or your week so you get things done. Also a schedule gives you routine, which makes it easier to do the things that you need to do on a regular basis. Also if you plan your time you are less likely to over think things and spend time getting ready and stalling. And don’t forget to schedule in things that you enjoy! If you are doing things you truly enjoy, it makes the other tasks easier to do so that you can get to the fun stuff too.
I hope these little tips help you to keep things in perspective and get focused to get things done. Now I am going to work on taking my own advise. First thing is first – time to hit publish!