CityGirl Guide to ……..Greater Productivity for The Overwhelmed City Woman
“ God gives you only the present, moment by moment”
Despite the fact I came upon the affirmation above this morning, I’ve spent the day and yesterday racing against the clock to get everything done.
I now call this my “City Mode”, it’s how I used to live on a daily basis until I walked out of that competitive, over worked life and stepped into something very new here in Italy.
I didn’t recognize I spent my days perceiving a lack of time nor did I realize how much I criticized myself so intently for not achieving everything on my daily To Do List .
Since taking time out, (literally) and slowing down , thankfully I now recognize when this City Mode strikes:
- I feel rushed and I constantly watch the clock
- I create chaos and a mess in my home
- I criticize myself and everyone around me
- I get agitated and then over eat
- I constrict my breathing without even realising it
- I get really ungrounded and ultimately I can’t get anything done!
Jesus I was living like this for years!
So today and some days when it happens again, I stop and then implement a few techniques that help me reconnect with the joy of what is in front of me, enabling me to actually get things done without battling the tick-tock of a stupid clock!
How often are you experiencing a race against the clock and a lack of enjoyment for the day ahead of you?
Here is some wisdom I hope will enable you to be in the present moment enjoying greater productivity with less fear and stress along the way.
7 Steps To Greater Productivity.
1.“There’s plenty of time for me to do everything” .
Every time you feel rushed use this affirmation, in fact just use it all the time! You will begin to experience a greater amount of time is available in your life, it will change your productivity levels forever.
2. Cut your “To Do” list.
Too often you are setting unrealistic expectations on yourself to complete far too many things at once, most are not so important anyway! Seriously do you need to schedule another time wasting meeting when you can email info instead?
3. Decide what is urgent and what is important.
The important stuff lingers in the background quietly needing done, the urgent stuff is, at this stage, too urgent to even enjoy doing, stick to the important as much as you can, that way things will never get urgent!
4. Decide when your best “time” to do things actually is.
Are you a morning person or an evening person? Free up your schedule during your best time so that your highest priorities are completed then, don’t plan anything the rest of the time, trust me you will love life much more!
5. If you get into City Mode, lie down.
I now lie down and switch on a meditation from Deepak’s library of resources (see below) when I feel myself rushing against time and dragged down by all than needs done. I emerge much more grounded and able to enjoy the tasks in front of me and end up completing them all in the perfect time! Try it.
6. If you can’t lie down have a mindful Tea break.
Drink some tea/coffee Mindfully be present in that moment, enjoy it, gain perspective by repeating step 1 as you do so!
7. If all else fails it’s time to consider your perception about time.
Perhaps you are addicted to the busyness and the rush? Or you love to live off the last-minute adrenalin rush? This all creates burn-out in the long run. Make a commitment to yourself to do little and often each day to reduce the build up of tasks that need done all in one day.
Life is so much simpler and more enjoyable when you do what you need to without a constant race against time.
I am still learning, join me on this path, tell me what you think and what your own tips are!