Is it possible to feel relaxed and still get a lot done? Absolutely. You don’t need to lower your productivity standards to feel at ease. You can feel relaxed and still get a lot done. Let me show you how.
Unfortunately, in today’s society the busier you are, the more important you must be. “How was your weekend?” “Ooh, it was hectic. I had a lot to do. Whish I could relax as much as you do!”
The modern work ethic is all about working hard and working much. Don’t get me wrong. I am for working hard. But it’s not just all about how hard you work. I could work 60 hours per week and get none of my important stuff done. I can also work 20 hours per week and still get most of my highest leverage tasks completed.
I feel relaxed, confident and in control when I arrive in the office. But that has not always been this way..
I can image you feel nervous, anxious maybe, about facing the day. There is always so much to do. And worst of all, you might procrastinate, resulting in huge stress attacks later in the day. Is there a way to feel relaxed and in control, and still get a lot done, without lowering your standards about productivity? Yes. Yes there is and I will teach you how.
Being relaxed starts with feeling relaxed. You can’t control a lot of what happens on a daily basis. Luckily, you can control how you feel. Whenever you feel stressed, take a small break and breathe in and out a couple of times. Get your mind relaxed again.
If you want to start the day feeling good, you should start with a planning. Make a planning each day, in advance. In this way, you can start working on your most important tasks as soon as you are in the office. The best about making a planning is that you consciously choose what to do and what not to do. It’s okay to specifically don’t do some tasks, they might not be your priorities.
Let’s face it, there is always more to do than there will be time. Therefore it is crucial to pick the few tasks that will yield the most results. I call these “highest leverage tasks” as they are the to-do’s that deliver the most results. If you want to learn more about these types of tasks I also suggest you read about the Pareto Principle, also known as the 80/20 rule. This “secret” law of nature is about the imbalance between input and output.
Have you ever wondered which tasks yield the most results? If not, you should start there. If you know what activities yield the most results, you know what to focus on. In this way you will learn that it’s not all about working hard and getting a lot done. It’s about working hard on the few tasks that yield the most results. As a result, you will double – or even tripe – your output (results).
You might be wondering what type of activities yields the most results. Well, its actually pretty simple to find out: start tracking your time. If you know how much time you spent on certain activities, you can discover what activities deliver the best results. I suggest Toggl for time tracking, this tool works great on desktop and mobile.
Face the day, on your terms. Start early in the morning with the tasks that yield the most results.
Once you get the hang of this, you will experience first hand that you don’t need to do everything (which is impossible, by the way). You just need to do the vital few things that are most important for you to reach your goals. And it’s very likely that 40 hours per week is actually a lot of time to get these things done.
I know. I know. This might feel very unrealistic and extremely optimistic to you. Me saying that you don’t need 40 hours per week to complete your most important tasks, while you might work 40+ hours per week now. But trust me, once you know your “80/20 activities” you can increase your results with astonishing success.
You can feel confident, in control and relaxed. Focus on the right things. Don’t worry over small things. Don’t worry about things others might need or expect from you. Work on the things that get your closer to your goals and be sure to share that with everyone. Make your intentions extremely clear, so others don’t experience unrealistic things from you. It’s all about managing expectations.
A lot of stress is caused by unrealistic expectations. Expectations we might have about ourselves. Or expectations that others might have. Or expectations that we might think others have about us.
We suffer most from the suffering that we fear. Does that make sense?
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