Life is fast moving and at times can seem complicated. Do you have so much going on that you feel overwhelmed on a regular basis? A busy life with too many demands can lead to feeling overwhelmed and stressed which leads to an unhappy life. Working harder to rectify an already crazy situation is not only unreasonable when you feel as if you’re already working at full capacity, it’s also unhealthy.
I know I’ve felt this way many times and sometimes the best thing for me to do is to just slow down and do nothing so I can give my brain a chance to relax and catch up!
I’m sure you know that feeling when stress starts to kick in & once you start to feel overwhelmed, things tend to go downhill quickly. So instead of going into your normal routine of anxiety, anger or fear, why not take a deep breath, slow down and give yourself a break?
I’ve really been working on not trying to over commit myself and have such a crazy an hectic schedule. Here are a few tips that I’ve implemented in my own life that have made a big difference in how I feel and the things that I do:
1. Make a shorter to do list – The fewer things you try to accomplish, the more you’ll get done. Make a list of the 2-3 most important things you want to get done at work. Before you drive home, make a list of the 2-3 most important things you want to get done at home.
I make a new list for the weekend but use the same concept of picking the top 2-3 important things that I want to get done. After doing this for awhile, I’ve started to realize what is important and a lot of the things I thought I needed to do really aren’t that important!
Limiting my to do list in this way has taken so much pressure off me and I find that if I finish the 2-3 most important things in my day, I often move on to other things. This takes a lot of the stress out of trying to do too many things in one day.
2. Go to bed early. If you can do one thing to improve your life, this would be the one that I suggest making a priority. Many of us (myself included) try to pack so much into our day, we don’t have much downtime. Staying up late and not getting enough sleep is a common thing for most people, but it doesn’t have to be!!
Any extra time you’re awake at night probably isn’t productive. Do you spend a lot of time watching TV only to find that you can’t stay awake? Get to bed early and get up early. You’ll get more done and feel so much better in the process!
3. Focus on one thing at a time. Multi-tasking seems like a good idea in theory, but in doing so we only give part of our attention to what we are doing. This never actually allows us to just be in the moment and experience it for what it is since we are constantly moving back and forth and trying to make sure we get it all done.
Switching back and forth between two or more tasks is inefficient, stressful and unproductive. When you focus on one task until it’s complete before moving on to something else, you’ll probably find it takes much less time and you get it right the first time. Try this for a week and notice the difference it makes not only in how you feel but how much more you are able to accomplish.
I could go on and on about a topic like this but these are 3 simple things that you can start on today and start noticing results almost immediately. I challenge you to pick one and try it out over the next week and see what changes happen as a result.
Leave a comment and let me know what are your tips for getting more done!
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