Do you ever get the impression that you’re moving a thousand miles a minute yet getting no where fast?
You can end up feeling exhausted instead of accomplished.
Busyness is not the same thing as productivity. Not even close.
Much in the same way that churn isn’t really equivalent to traction.
Busyness + Churn = Mindless, Unfulfilling Chaos.
Here are 4 ways that you can get more done by taking a step back and literally slowing things down (way down) now so you can move much faster later.
1. Gain clarity. Stop to take a moment and reflect. Yes, I know it likely seems strange to think without actually taking action in the same immediate nanosecond – you have places to go and people to see. Think about who and what matters to you most to identify the real motivation for what you do.
Why are you working so hard to create the life you want?
2. Breathe. Make time for breathwork (yes, that is a thing). The simple practice of focusing on your breath can defuse anxiety and allow you to center yourself in the moment. You can reap powerful physical, mental and emotional gains by using breathing techniques when you begin to feel overwhelmed, frustrated or angry.
How often do you focus on your breath?
3. Cultivate appreciation. Express gratitude for your current circumstances and actively thank others around you (even when you don’t feel like it). There is a gift in every situation, and research shows that leaning towards the positive will literally shape your mindset for the better.
What are you appreciative of today?
4. Stay in the moment. Practice being present on a daily basis to be more creative, thoughtful and receptive in the future. Studies show that mindfulness (also known as “non-judgmental, present-moment awareness”) can ultimately help you make better decisions, improve self-regulation and ward off toxic stress effects.
How could being more present serve your greatest need?
Engineer Your Bliss Challenge: Make an investment in your future self by working on one of the recommended actions above.
What could you gain by slowing down? Let me know your thoughts on Facebook.