Last night, I noticed some frantic energy around the preview call. This morning, a little divine inspiration prompted me to write this special blog.
One of the secrets I shared on the call was the importance of having a plan and I talked about the big picture, vision and goals that help you weigh decisions against. Having a plan can be applied to the daily picture as well, and this is where you can relieve overwhelm almost instantly.
I want to challenge you to come up with your own personal policies and procedures around how you work. Here are the steps to take.
- Track how you work for at 1 week. By that I mean note how long things take, the steps involved, at what point in the day do you begin to feel frazzled and how many times you find yourself rescheduling and or looking for something. Become aware.
- Does how you move through your day match the big picture vision you have for yourself? If not, take control of the situation. Learn how to do it better. Choose a different method and you will get a different result and the space to create a reality that does match your vision.
- Decide to stop reacting to your situation and instead respond with deliberate action. Become aware, think then act. Take a breath, slow down, gather your wits then act with intention. Writing an email is much easier when you have thought out what you want to say and who you want to say it to before you type the letters.
- Start at the point in your day when the feeling of overwhelm begins and take the time to set up an environment – both mental and physical- to calm that feeling. Are your reactions making the situation worse? If you always feel frazzled when your phone is low on power, set up a routine to always recharge it overnight. An added bonus is that you will also know where your phone is every morning.
- Then tackle the next point of chaos in the same way. Keep transforming little bits of your day and pretty soon it won’t feel so hard.
As you evaluate and evolve your routines, I encourage you to write your own procedure manual. It can refresh your memory when working on a task you don’t do very often and bring you back to focus after an interruption.
The truth is that the catalyst for changing frazzled to calm focus is to be aware and in control. I don’t mean control in a strict and rigid way but, in an I’m in charge of my own life way. Take action and get help if you need it.
- Until you value yourself, you won’t value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it. -M. Scott Peck
I can’t wait to hear what you think and experience with these ideas so, please share.