Do you feel like you're constantly working? Sometimes life can seem like a never ending relay race--quick, put up that Facebook post! Do the laundry in the 15 minutes between calls! Don't forget to run to the supermarket to cook something nutritious and--let's not forget--photogenic for dinner!
For years, we've been told to hustle, work harder, put in more face time. But how do you achieve at a higher level while still making room to enjoy your life?
This week, we're sharing our favorite, simple tips for overcoming the overwhelm:
- Create a "Mindful Moment" ritual. Before diving into your workday, take a moment to center yourself. This simple act may seem indulgent, but it'll make an enormous difference in your day. We're big fans of the Headspace app.
- Differentiate between urgent and important tasks. It's easy to get lost in the minutiae of everyday life, but it's vital to keep an eye on your bigger goals. Focus on those, and select one to two things each day that will get you closer to those goals.
- Make your email work harder: We're big fans of getting to inbox zero, so we use the app Active Inbox. It's a tool that allows you to make every email into a task or an archived item. This eliminates the feeling that you need to reply immediately or lose track of an email thread forever. The less you have to keep in your brain, the better.
- Act like a Dane. The thing that stuck with me most after reading Overwhelmed was the mentality of the Danes: do a focused period of work, and keep the rest of your time free from it. You'll find that you're actually more productive when you go back to it later, after an undiluted period of recuperation.
More next week on setting yourself up for success by creating an environment that enables you to kick butt!