So you're ready to feel naturally energized and do more of what you want, minus the guilt. The only problem is that you don't really know where to start, because your plate is already overflowing with enough things to do as it is.
The thought of adding one more thing to your load makes you anxious, which quickly leads to putting your big desires on the back burner and continuing with your normal routine.
If this describes even just one part of your life right now, I get it. I've been there more times than I can count. But with a little time management intervention, I got clear about why I always felt like I had seemingly endless things to do.
This is when I realized I was doing a lot of those things out of guilt and mindlessness. I was trying to multi-task often, because I thought it was a talent. This led to never giving anything my full, undivided attention.
I was going about my day doing the normal chores, errands and tasks, simply because I was used to staying busy. But many of these tasks were actually draining my energy and could have been saved for later in the week — or just taken off my plate all together.
If you can relate, I want to share this super simple and incredibly effective exercise that was a total game-changer for me.
It's time to get energized and feel absolutely fantastic, while doing what you really want to do!
Start by paying attention to which experiences you might be exerting a lot of physical energy, without even noticing it. Next you'll want to become more aware of the actions that naturally energize you.
Write down these two questions on a piece of paper to help you:
1. What energizes me?
Examples: Practicing yoga, meditation, taking time to just enjoy a cup of tea, working on creative projects, having a good laugh with a friend or co-worker, taking a brisk walk, eating a delicious meal, having down time to relax, dancing, painting, etc.
2. What depletes me?
Examples: Thinking about all the things you have to do, spending too much time on the Internet, checking your phone a hundred times in a day, comparing yourself to others, multi-tasking, etc.)
Do you feel inspired and energized by any of these actions, or do they leave you feeling drained and scattered?
Keep a running list at your desk of anything that either truly energizes you, or depletes you.
And then throughout your days, notice when you are tensing up or gripping tightly. Maybe your scrunching your shoulders while you type on your computer. When you notice this, allow yourself to soften your shoulders, let them slide right down your back and notice how much lighter and more easeful you feel.
How about when you go for a walk or dive into a project you're passionate about; do you start to notice an increase in your natural energy? If so, great! This means you are tapping into your natural resource known as abundance; it's always available to you. The key is paying attention to the experiences that help you access it.
As you continue this exercise you will start to notice ways that you are exerting physical energy and how it's making your day-to-day life more stressful. This awareness allows you to soften, pump the breaks on the tension and feel more easeful in both your mind and body.
Next, I want you to look at your to-do list and with this awareness, ask yourself: What can I take off the list? What really doesn't NEED to be done right now?
Then start to focus on just ONE task at a time.
This will make such a dramatic difference in your energy. It will take practice however, but the benefits will be reason enough to continue your efforts. You will feel less scattered and more fully present. When you give each task your complete attention, you will be able to feel truly confident and proud about what you accomplish!
Cheers to you for getting out of your comfort zone, switching up your routine and feeling way more focused!