My mind has been all over the place lately, but I’m trying to get grounded again. After I made the post on taking action, I felt an immediate sense of relief. This is the reason I think blogging is so therapeutic and why I’ve been thinking that it’s something I could do part-time. I’ve had so much going on this week that I didn’t have much time to do anything productive for ME. But when I was on the plane home from Texas, I was listening to The Magic of Thinking Big and it had this quote:
“Capacity is a state of mind. Whether you can or can’t do more depends on whether or not you think you can or can’t”
I was so happy when I heard this because for the first part of the book I felt like I already knew everything he was talking about so it was nice to hear something I haven’t heard before that inspired me. It made me think of how much I’ve been putting off my Me Time because I’ve been busy, and thinking I need a whole day of quiet to do things when in reality, it can be at least 15 minutes a day on those busy days. I decided to take today to compile a list of things and resources I can do/use so that when I feel inspired, I’m not constantly making lists and not going back to them.
The book also advised to write down every idea that comes to mind, and then REVISIT IT. I’m good at the first but not the latter. It’s almost as if I get things off my chest and stop there but I need to change my approach.
This made me think of all the times I was “busy” rather than productive. I think it’s very easy to make excuses to not do something. But at the end of the day you have to learn to prioritize what’s important to you, and then make those things a part of your schedule.
The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.
This is the biggest mistake I’ve been making for, pretty much, all my life. I’m a big to-do list maker and I’d always just make a list with all the things I need to do and things I should do. While this would sometimes work, I can’t say it didn’t overwhelm me sometimes.
However, once I realized this mistake, I no longer do this. I ONLY make time for what’s important to me. I ONLY add things I care about to my to-do list.
This can be very hard, especially when other people have other expectations of you, or when you committed to other things prior to that decision. However, you have to put yourself first.
I had to put myself first.
Learning to say no was one of the best things I ever did. If an opportunity is presented to me, I’ll carefully assess it to make sure it aligns with my values and is important enough to be considered. If it isn’t….
Once you start doing this, your life will be much easier. Then, you won’t be overwhelmed, or too overwhelmed by everything you have to do or want to do.
I challenge you to do the same.