When I find myself getting stressed these days, I realise that I have either a) overstretched myself, b) I’m overthinking things or c) that I have an inflated or unrealistic sense of my abilities, roles and importance. I also notice that I have bought into the artificial fast pace of the modern world and synched into the ‘always on’ culture.
Being busy is an addictive thought these days. If we are not saying it all the time, we have somehow failed in life and work and lack status or significance. It’s a badge of honor that shows we ‘have a life’ and we wear it proudly.
So are we really that busy? Yes we have deadlines, priorities, urgent tasks and project milestones on a regular basis but how much of that task bundle is actually life threatening? how much of it are we required to do all day every day? Unless we are in operating theatres or emergency rooms, I’ll wager a smaller amount than we allow ourselves to think.
5 Quick Wins
- Bundle work email reading and replies to two sittings a day;
- Turn off notifications on Watsapp groups and again check in twice a day;
- Assess each task in order of urgency (they may all seem terribly urgent, but really they aren’t, you just want them gone) and do one at a time – mindfully;
- Install Social Media apps on laptops and remove them from phones to reduce mindless screentime and scrolling;
- Take airplane mode device breaks twice daily so the mind has space and time to look for clear and creative ways to tackle tasks and problems.
When I reflected in meditation on these issues, I discovered that I wasn’t always as crazy busy as I seemed, it was an addictive thought I had to be willing to let go of. I stopped burning up my mind thinking about all I had to do within my actually manageable set of tasks and priorities. With more space from breathwork and practicing the pause, I noticed that I was finding greater focus for the important stuff of life and I was finding bags of energy for the actual work itself – most of the time.
Founder and Director