The very same impulses that drive us to success (a commitment to showing up, the ambition to get ahead, and a desire to make a difference) are the very same impulses that can drive us to excess (taking on too many things at once, working ourselves to exhaustion, and driving ourselves and those around us crazy in the process).
In our pursuit of success and significance, it’s far too easy to lose our focus and to lose our way – to end up feel overwhelmed and overloaded.
Trying to handle the situation with traditional time management tools only makes a small dint in this experience. Goal setting, prioritizing, delegation, and techno efficiency will only take us so far.
If we want to be sustainably productive, we need to concern ourselves with other equally important elements of productivity:
- Maintaining perspective
- Developing presence
- Tapping into peace of mind
Action: Pay close attention to perspective, presence and peace of mind as you make your way through today:
- Remember why the things you are working on matter.
- Take satisfaction as you move projects forward – even if they aren’t yet complete.
- Be present to the people who share your world and your work.
- Tune in your body and your thoughts; and answer the call when they signal what you need.
- Tap into that invisible ‘river of peace’ that flows at your feet every moment of every day.
Quote Of The Week: Could we stop measuring our days by degree of productivity and start experiencing them by degree of presence? – Yours Truly
Our entire society can be changed by one person’s peaceful presence. – Thich Nhat Hanh
Resource Of The Week: You might find this article by Lori Deschene of interest: Productivity & Happiness – Why Are We So Busy?
Readers Write: In response to last week’s message, What Can You Learn From A Toddler On Overload, Pause reader JO writes: “I am not sure who said this or coined it but if I have an important meeting or event it’s important to HALT and do an internal check. Am I Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired (HALT)? If so I take care of it prior to that important event or meeting!”
I did a little sleuthing on attribution, JO, and it seems this acronym is most strongly associated with treatment programs for chemical dependency. The thought here is that when we are in weakened states (as in HALT) we are more likely to make poor choices. When you recognize and take care of those needs, you improve the likelihood of making more thoughtful, healthy and sustainable choices.