In this crazy world of ours it’s easy to lose your way. There are so many distractions on a day-to-day level, who could blame you? Certainly not me!.
Depending on the tapestry of your life, you may be single or in a relationship, you may be in employment or self-employed, have kids or not (this is the short version of a very long list). But one thing is for sure you feel you never have enough time.
Welcome to the club, but I’ll warn you, it’s not exclusive. Pretty over-crowded actually.
Even the retired people I know can’t find enough time to do the things they want to. What chance have we got?
When we’re rushed and feeling stressed our breathing alters automatically. We take shallower breaths and, amongst other things alter our posture (hunched shoulders etc.). This body of ours is looking out for us but we have to be smart enough to pick up the clues.
Whenever you notice this, stop what you’re doing and take three long, deep breaths. In through the nose and out through the mouth.
Simply allowing yourself to breath in this way can give a sense of calm and expanded time.
Forget your ‘to do’ list
If you’re anything like me, your ‘to do’ list is far too long. It’s more like a list of everything you’d like to do, ever, if you had the time! No wonder you panic every time you look at it, it reminds you of all the things you still have outstanding.
Create a ‘to be’ list. These are the things that will help you take action with your ‘to do’ list. An example might be; take 15 mins. time out after client meeting, take three deep breaths before and after each ‘to do’ action, etc.
(Oh, and by the way, do go back and trim down that To Do list to a manageable size. A daily/weekly list works well for me).
In these mini breaks between actions we forget about everything else and focus on just now, just this moment. And so, when we return to action, we’re rearing to go.
In the “Now” there is no place for worry, no need to do, just be.
Over to you
Anyone else have a crazy ‘to do’ list? What helps you stay sane and get through it – your comment might help someone so please be generous :).
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