Do you have too much on your plate?
I am setting a new benchmark for myself to make sure I am not overwhelmed with things that are not vital to living the good life. Try this with me: sit and do nothing for five minutes. No checking your phone, no internet, no video games or TV, no reading, no anything. Can you just sit and be still and be okay with that for five minutes?
If we can not sit for even five minutes without feeling pressure to be productive or manage tasks or get up and do something, then I say we are overwhelmed. We have too much going on and we must, must, must begin doing less.
Doing less is being productive, too.
Doing nothing is a great goal, in moderation. It helps us re-center, find balance, and refresh our mind and spirit for when it is time to produce or move forward again. We will produce better after doing nothing, even for just five or ten minutes each day, because we are rested and ready to embrace and harness the frenetic energy of our daily life.
Another great benchmark might be this: Do I have time to stop each day, pick up a few groceries for the night, and then go home and make dinner? If you are as busy as I am, then you started laughing before you got to the end of the question, but that is the point. If the idea of having that much time and space in our lives to take care of our Selves seems crazy, then we are doing it wrong.
Today’s Lesson: For at least 5 minutes each day, do nothing. Just sit and breathe, without thinking about what you will do when the 5 minutes are up, or what you are going to make for dinner, or what you want to say to so-and-so. Just sit and breathe. Then, watch how much easier it is to navigate the world after you catch your breath!