It’s been a challenge, but I’m forcing myself to do less each day.

I set a goal for myself this year to only tackle two big rocks a day. When I did my monthly review at the beginning of March, I realized I wasn’t really doing this. The goal was at bottom of my list, and I realized I was treating it like a fluffy ‘nice to have’.

It’s scary to do less. It feels like if you take your foot off of the gas, everything will come to a screeching halt. But it doesn’t.

I’ve found that Not trying to do 4 or 5 different big tasks a day for one hour has allowed me to enjoy my work, not fret that I’m not getting it all done.

I was glad to watch this interview between Marie Forleo and Arianna Huffington (who I’ve always admired) discussing her new book Thrive. Arianna is tapping into something we are all feeling lately – overwhelmed.

The second benefit I’ve noticed in the last few weeks of really doing this, is that I’m more focused. My mind isn’t shooting in a skazillion directions at once. I know I’m going to do one or two things today, and I’ll deal with tomorrow, tomorrow.

Having my plans in place is still critical – it’s really about de-scoping  when necessary and adjusting timelines if I realize they’re impossible.

I’ve been trying to put this into practice for awhile, and honestly feel like I’m finally getting the hang of it.

 

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