Small Tweaks Make Huge Improvements
This month, I focused on Moving Life from Coarse to Sleek! I emphasized the importance of Taking Control of your Day-to-Day, revealed the Truth About Multitasking, and provided you with tips for when it is Time to Declutter.
Still though, there are times I find myself back at square one. I wake up to my day without a plan-of-action, I try to juggle too many tasks at once, and my work space goes right back to looking like hurricane season.
Whenever this happens, and I feel like I am in a funk, I brainstorm a list of possible contributing factors:
- Not feeling confident about a recent decision I made
- Got into an an argument with someone I love
- Skipped my workouts over the past few days
- Lacking quality sleep over the past few nights
...and possibly overwhelmed by having a full plate, just to name a few!
There could be seemingly a million reasons that come to mind when brainstorming but try and focus on the really urgent and important factors first. Or you could find that only 2 or 3 things are contributing to the funk. Either way, it can be depressing just thinking about the 'problems' that need to be addressed in order to get yourself back on track.
Since everything cannot be addressed at once (refer back to The Truth About Multitasking), I work through it just one step at a time...
Step 1: Diaphragmatic breathing and/or meditation practice for 2-3 minutes
I make sure to put away all distractions during this time
Step 2: Squash whatever argument I may be having with someone
Not only is life too short but our days are too short to let an argument obscure our focus causing us to waste time
Step 3: Do some quick air squats, push-ups or go for a jog
Sometimes when you need that little extra oomph,moving around and increasing your blood circulation throughout the entire body is a better choice than another cup of coffee
Step 4: Make a list of problems that need to be fixed and prioritize them
I don't move on to the next task until the current task is finished and only focus on 1 or 2 to focus on today
Before I know it, there is less tension in my shoulders and I am in a much better mood to address those contributing factors that were aching me earlier:
- I have more confidence in my decision-making with a clearer mind
- I feel a little better about executing crucial conversations in my relationships with others
- A little bit of movement turns into a little bit more movement and before I know it, I'm back at getting a great workout in the next day
- When I have a clear picture of the tasks at hand, there is less to worry over which helps me get back to going to bed on time
...and I am back to managing my days like a Jedi!
All these small steps are to be taken one moment at a time with as much energy and focus that I can handle in that particular instance. Executing these habits puts me right back on track to making huge improvements.
Next month, I'll shift my focus on jump starting your energy and production levels.
"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." -Ralph Waldo Emerson