The past week in my Plugged In course we've been doing mindfulness. The wonderful thing about teaching is that it forces me to walk my talk so closely so I am not a hypocrite.
What I've been realizing as I've taken this week quite slow and mindfully, paying very close attention to my body and my energy levels and nourishing myself, is that when I slow down, the 'immensity of work' I typically feel when I'm moving at hyper speed slows down too.
I've noticed that with a slower pace, and a more mindful attitude, I don't feel so overwhelmed with work. I'm still doing the same things, same amount of work, and yet this new mindset enables me perhaps to see just what is essential, what needs to get done - to make very conscious choices instead of automatic ones - and in that the level of work goes down. Perhaps it's because I realize I don't really need to do the extra 800 things I put on my to do list .. or that if I simply do this one hard thing, if I focus all my energy on the big hefty task that must get done rather than distracting myself with a bunch of little random ones, that really only disperse my energy, then I can get it done in a reasonable amount of time.
It blows my mind to watch this happen and it is quite counterintuitive. Going slow can actually mean getting more done. In our world today we have begun to equate constant action with hard work and ultimately success. Typically we pick busy because we feel like we aren't being productive unless we're always doing something.
Yet it doesn't have to be that way. Busy is a choice. If you want to believe that you will be productive with more time and space in your schedule, you can. You must accept that it's a battle against our prevailing culture and the preconceptions that are programmed into our minds .. and still you get to decide.
As soon as you own your influence in the process, the choice is yours.
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