Life gets busier every day as we race through it’s challenges trying to make sense out of it. We are busy going out, juggling different aspects and striving for balance. We want results. We strive for success. We want to do more in order to achieve more.
We browse through emails, we rush to get our project done as efficient as possible. We have meetings and new commitments every day. And as the day comes to an end, all we want to do is to get a break. All we want to do is give our mind some rest it deserves only to pick up where we left off the next morning. This process seems endless. We squeeze more and more out of our efforts. Mindfulness seems like a joke to us when we are so busy going and falling for more distractions.
But do we really have to give our all for that idea of achieving more and more? Do we really have to eradicate that thirst for more by doing more?
Why can’t we try to do less instead, mmm?
How to Do Less to Achieve More
You are Getting More by Doing Less. Fact.
When we give our focus to fewer things instead of trying to spread our attention on EVERYTHING, we get more mindful and we achieve better results. It’s like clay pigeon shooting. If we had hundreds of plates trying to shoot them down all at once we would have failed, I can assure you.
Set your priorities straight. Then give your time to accomplish all the things that you need to do by checking them off your list one by one. One step at a time.
Lower Anxiety Rate? Yes please!
What things are essential? What things are simply irrelevant? Pin it down and let go. The more you focus on fewer things you can control and get done, the less anxiety about not making it on time you get. And then you will get this liberating understanding: the world will not, in fact, end if you let go of the things that are simply irrelevant and make no difference in your life!
When we create a positive habit to focus on essentials rather than rushing through chaos, the whole process becomes much more pleasant. You get more results out of your tasks that you set priorities on. You create more space and time for your hobbies and fun things that you find your joy in.
It’s a Hobby Time!
When you focus on and do all the things that actually make a difference in your life, it leaves more space for you to enjoy your hobbies and new interests.
What are the things you always wanted to try? What are the things that bring you joy?
Be mindful about the things you do. Even when you do your bills or you are busy cleaning. Don’t rush through things only to rush into whatever is next to cross off your to-do list.
Find joy in everything you do. Because everything you do somehow improves the quality of your life! Think about that.
Now take a moment to summarise the time you spent on procrastinating by checking the news, emails and other “fun stuff” on social networks.
It is challenging for me, I’m not going to lie. But the more I pay attention to those silly urges for distractions, the less time I spend doing nothing. Be mindful. It’s the key that will open the door to success for you.
What do I do to reduce distractions in my daily life? Simple.
I focus on the relevant things. I do them. Then, if I really want to switch off my mind for a bit – I meditate for 5-10 minutes. I even have a day every couple of weeks when I go digital free.
At first I had that false belief that I would miss something out. It raised my anxiety. But when I concentrated on the essentials and I got more out of that – it brought me joy which social media and countless hours spent there would have never given me!
The less distractions you have, the more time for essentials, the more time for your hobbies. It really is appealing. This is one of those healthy habits to stick with that creates a sustainable change in your life. And I see positive changes in mine…
By Lesya Li
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