Get away. Just plan, pick yourself up and take yourself off somewhere different. It rejuvenates, renews, inspires and refreshes. For 3 years I haven’t been able to go anywhere because of family circumstance and I was just becoming swamped and lost. It wasn’t my family’s fault. Life just gets like that sometimes. So, now there has been a change again, and the change always comes, I have just gone away. It is the only way to reinvigorate yourself. I have had a day in another capital city which was quite an adventure because I have never just flown interstate for the day. It was on business, but it was such a change and so nice. Recently I have done 3 days interstate and 5 days interstate which were trips more in my control so I really had a chance to get out and look at what I wanted and form both trips I have come home totally refreshed and energised even though they were only short breaks. Before I would have thought it a waste of time to just go away for a few days. Not true, that is so not true. When you plant yourself elsewhere you are making it possible to see everything from a new angle, a fresh perspective. It’s the daily routine and expectation which drags you down. On this last trip there was an even better twist on this getting away. My dog has cancer so I didn’t want her booked in anywhere. I just happened to have a friend who has been housebound because of recent ill health who welcomed the chance to get away to my place when I made the suggestion. Ill health meant his finances were low, so taking a break at my place which is nice and comfortable, by the sea and has plenty of amenities was something which cheered him up immensely …plus he loved having my dog! House sitting for a few days was the perfect solution to his need for a get away. Everybody needs a break and you come back ready to do battle again!
The International Institute of Not Doing Much is all about slowing down. it’s about getting away form the frenetic pace, it’s about my previous post of learning how to take your time. There is some good advice, some good reading and a wonderful sense of entitlement to the belief you have a right to feel happy, relaxed and in control. We created the stress. We need to uncreate it. The humour on this site really helps you to see it differently. The world will not fall apart if we slow down and do things properly and ENJOY doing things properly. Racing around and being overwhelmed all the time is not dignified.
It’s not easy in an ever demanding world to do one thing at a time. The constant pressure to be multitasking is very real. So stop it. Stop it at once. In the end you’ll feel the benefit if you concentrate on one thing at a time. Refuse to be led into trying to do everything at once.
1. Step back and take a deep breath.
2. Focus on the one thing you are actually supposed to be doing and do it well.
3. Politely ignore the interruptions and requests to be sidetracked unless it is a genuine emergency.
4. Enjoy what you are doing. Take pleasure in it. Get it right and be pleased about it.
5. Smile. It’s amazing how easy it is to work if you are smiling. It is easy to deal with a phone call if you are smiling and it is easy to deal with others if you are smiling.
It takes practice because we have become driven. As soon as you step back and focus on one thing you will start to notice how stressed out and frenetic others are and how unreasonably demanding our world can be. You actually become more efficient and accomplish just as much this way. The difference is your state of mind and your sense of wellbeing. Start now. Do one thing and do it well.