Stop Working Harder To Remove Overwhelm
You feel overwhelmed, over-worked, over-committed and that finish line stretches ever further into the distance. You try working harder… faster… longer… and nothing changes (except that you get even more tired!)
What if it’s time to stop trying harder? What if you can ‘try different’ instead?
Trying different means getting out of your comfort zone, out of the daily habits and routines that keep you on the treadmill of working hard. When you try different, you find new ways of being productive, new energy for living and new ways of working without stress.
Here are some examples of ‘trying different’ that you can explore today.
- Enjoy Greater Productivity
- At the end of your work day, prepare for next day. Before you leave your workplace check tomorrow’s calendar and prepare for any meetings. Get clear on your #1 priority and leave it on your desk ready to start.
- Set alarms for brain breaks during the day — for example, a quick check of social media, stretching, deep breathing or brainstorming with a colleague. Different stimulation stops you getting stale and brings new insight.
- Add physical activities into your tasks, such as a walking or standing meeting, to keep the energy moving.
- Add Fun & Novelty To Stay Fresh & Stress-less!
- If you’re not getting through your work, or you’re bored, swap a task with a colleague so that you can inspire each other.
- Before you start a big task, use a consistent process to clear your mind — for example, clear your desk, meditate, colour a mandala, do a handstand, have a giggle with someone.
- Does your workplace need more joy? Do something just for fun, every day. Invite others to join you!
- Use Routines or Rituals To Add Efficiency
- Keep a log of major achievements each week or month so that you can easily update your resume when the time comes. It’s also a great way to see what you *have* achieved, rather than always focusing on what is still to be done.
- Use a timer to limit the time you have to spend on a difficult or boring task – alternate between fun and challenging tasks every 10 – 20 minutes.
- Improve your planning – use a mind map to depict a project or task, create a flow chart, get clear on what success looks like before you start and don’t allow scope creep to take over your to-do list.
What new choices can ‘try different’ include for you?