I changed my approach many years ago, when I realized that getting into the office earlier and staying later wasn’t working for me. Not only did I still feel that I was barely keeping up, but my personal life was in tatters.
Also of concern was my health. I was eating on the run, or right before bed, so any desire to exercise went right out of the window. This led to my putting on extra weight, which undermined my self image and confidence.
It all came to a head one evening when I was trying to get one more task finished before calling it quits for the day. As I sat at my computer, I heard a voice inside my head, “Go home now.” I knew that I was pushing the envelope by trying to squeeze yet another hour out of an already overscheduled day. But, having long since made a decision that pushing the envelope was a necessity if one wanted to succeed, I replied to the voice, “In a minute. Let me just finish this. Then, I promise that I will go home.”
A few moments later, I heard the voice again, this time with increasing intensity, “Go home now!” Again, I bargained, “In just a minute, I will, I promise…” And then, my back went out.
Ever since, I have been aware of identifying and eliminating all of the ways I deplete myself. I noticed that running my “back story” kept me on edge while I was engaged in another task. I would focus on everything else I had to do, or how long the current task was taking. Or, I would needle myself with worries about the deadline I was on – you get the picture, right?
Do you run a “back story” too? This only succeeds in splitting one’s focus away from the task at hand, and results in not being 100% present with what you are doing…causing errors, omissions, delays, and unnecessary fatigue.
Conversely, when I bring all of my attention to what I am doing, I’ve noticed that with no distractions, one idea leads to another, short cuts present themselves for consideration and I feel on fire with my creativity!
Being 100% present with what you are doing allows you to get the task done right the first time. No reworking necessary. A short break to let go of what you have just been doing, to recharge yourself with stretching, pure water or fresh air, and now you can bring your full attention to the next task at hand.
Another big culprit to self-depletion is a lack of organization. How much time do you waste trying to find what you are looking for? Or, do you find yourself needing to start over because you can’t find what you want? Or having to go out and purchase something you need, that you know you already have but cannot locate?
The antidote is incredibly simple, and is, in truth, an act of self-love: everything thing you own needs a permanent place. Taking a moment to return anything that you take out to its permanent home is the way to do less and accomplish more.
Once you have eliminated the ways you deplete yourself, it’s time to look at the ways you allow others to deplete you. Yes, I’m talking about banishing the time wasters: you know, those dysfunctional people that sap your energy? Here’s the technique: what if you didn’t try to change or influence them? What if you just let them be?
It’s not your job to make anyone do, feel, or think anything. Your job is to keep your frequency high and take responsibility for your own happiness and wellbeing. Let others choose whether they take your lead from your own modeling of living well. Additionally, tell yourself the truth about whether someone in your life is toxic. If they are, ask yourself what are you trying to accomplish by being around them.
One of the other ways you might be depleting yourself is by trying to help those that don’t want to be helped. Have you noticed those that keep asking you for advice and then never take it? Food for thought, eh?
So, are you interested in doing less and accomplishing more? If so, begin with no more than two of the ideas in this article, and once you have them stabilized pick one or two more. Even if you are tempted to change everything at once, it is proven that committing to only 1-2 action steps is far more effective than committing to many more.
Faced with so much that needs to be changed at one time tends to paralyze a person into in non-action. So, once again we see how doing less results in accomplishing more.
What do you think about doing less and accomplishing more? Are you curious, ready or hesitate to try it? Share your thoughts below.
About the Author, Aimée Lyndon-Adams
Aimée Lyndon-Adams is both a seasoned corporate executive and a metaphysician practicing spiritual energy healing. She has provided coaching and healing sessions to individuals, couples and groups and has offered an energy management curriculum of training classes for many years. She is an articulate and charismatic speaker and facilitator.
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