You’re busy busy busy and organizing your time… what do you do to recharge? Or do you even have times where you’re just fed up with the list of things to be done?
Second things first: I’m a lot more likely to get fed up with the rate that I’m getting things done than I am with how many of them there are yet to do. The length of the road bothers me a lot less than the speed I’m heading down it. And as I’ve gotten better, I’m able to be satisfied with slower and slower progress. So long as it doesn’t drop to zero, I tend to be content.
But as to the issue of recharging… there are certainly points where I don’t feel like I’m getting anything done, or where I feel like I don’t know what to do next. I’ve discovered three things that work pretty well for me in these moments.
- Get organized. One of things on my “do every day” list is to spend fifteen to twenty minutes recording and reflecting on what I did yesterday and making priority decisions about what I want to do today. Writing it down and making it visual gives me power over it in a way that keeping it in my head or in an electronic form doesn’t. When I don’t know what to do next or I need to shift gears, I make a list or look at the one I’ve already made.
- Get physical. Often the best cure for a swirling brain is to take it out of the equation. Hopping on my bike, going for a run, or working out are all good for me when I get overwhelmed. As strange as it sounds, sometimes what I really need to do is wash the dishes. Doing something predominantly physical, where I can disconnect my brain and let it go chew on whatever it needs to chew on, is revitalizing for me, especially given how much most of things I do are thinking-heavy.
- Get present. There’s a train station next to my work. As often as I can, I get out out my office and take a long, slow walk down the platform. The goal is to notice every step, hear every car, feel every breeze. I try not to think about anything else except what I’m experiencing in that moment. Whenever my mind wanders I gently bring it back. It takes about fifteen minutes to get to the end and come back, and if I’ve done it right, when I’m done I’m completely refreshed.
For me, recharging isn’t about doing big things infrequently, it’s about doing little things all the time to stay fresh. Remember that “do every day” list I mentioned? All three of these things are on it, along with writing something for the blog and spending quality time with Gwen. If I do all those things, I stay on top of my game and I’m ready for whatever the rest of my to-do list throws at me.
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