Some days it doesn’t feel good to do anything.
But most of the time, it’s central to the to-do list. I have a lot of energy but I still don’t have enough time to do everything on my agenda.
I run through my list, my brain racing, and then around noon I can barely see straight.
I’m betting you know the feeling.
Yeah Al that sounds pretty crap to me, Looks like BT aint for me either. But wtf, why am I going through life like this? It doesn’t matter how hard you work, how fast you work … in the end it doesn’t matter.
This is a law to reduce income.
No matter how skilled I am, I can’t physically “do” all my “necessary” things. Driving yourself crazy, pushing and shoving will not help the situation … especially since it is easy to make mistakes in this situation.
And then worse, I crash. I burnout.
So instead of Gary Vanerchak, “I work 19 hours every day and crush life,” How can I do the strategy? How do I create a system? How can I sit for a minute and think instead of rushing to finish things.
Usually when I make my day maps and strategies (which I try and do 3-4 times a day), I read the first few things on my list and start doing dirty work again, because the thought of these tasks confuses me, And everything always seems to have the urgency attached to it.
“Oh yeah, I need to send this email …” Boom, now I’m back in my inbox, confused, and just watered down.
The psychology behind this
This is normal. We all have to feel done. We need to feed our ego something. We all have to call ourselves “good deeds” at the end of the day and feel important.
You know … the heart-throb Facebook post that makes you feel “like”.
Of course this is a good post and people will like it, but it’s important for me to remember that this external legitimacy means nothing to me. By no means do I want to convey that I recommend for the mother to be inactive.
I have written more about ego and my theory here How to be right when your hot girlfriend gets hit on the bus.
One of the ways we feel good about ourselves is to relax.
Yeah Al that sounds pretty crap to me, Looks like BT aint for me either. I just want to throw thoughts about it.
These people only feel good about themselves because their calendars are jam packed. And when you chat with these people, you start their habits and their thinking. Brandon Epstein and I discuss what psychologist Carl Jung explains as the collective unconscious. (Podcast to launch next week !!)
Just as humans become addicted to drugs, we become addicted to cortisol, a chemical that is released during pumping of your adrenal glands. War or journey Feedback
Does your cortisol levels seem to be a problem for you? Get them tested. My best friend’s levels were so high, his body stopped responding to cortisol, like an alcoholic that can’t be drunk.
Cortisol makes you old, fat and stupid. And I want to look as handsome as Grampy at 88 years old.
Introducing the art of non-doing
How to do more or less …
First, take a timeout. You’re probably just “going” and “doing” all the time, but not focusing on the laser. The more laser focus you have, the more effective you will be.
Don’t have time to go on a U30X trip?
Sit and meditate for 3 minutes.
No time for this?
How about 3 deep breaths?
Okay, so you can’t do that? কেমন How about setting goals?
Your target laser focus? Not mine.
Of course, I know we aim to run 50 Under30Experiences trips this year and we’re almost sold out by October. It’s nice, but what about my goal for the week? Round for the day? Or my goal for the next 30 minutes as I write this article? Now, this is laser focus.
Do you think the generals are leading their troops in battle always running full steam? Do you think Navy SEALs check their Facebook 15x every day?
No. This is how people die.
Wouldn’t you lead your team into the business world without strategy? So why rush into the concrete jungle, even to get a cup of coffee?
I recommend reading The Art of War, which explains how the point of the war is not just to drop an atomic bomb on the enemy… your enemy must be defeated using the least force, resulting in less bloodshed and more respect from everyone involved.
The slower and more tactful you are throughout your day, the more you can accomplish.
The next time you walk down the street in a crowded town, why not move like a samurai instead of pushing and shoving yourself? I don’t think there is a credible person in the world who would argue against me here.
You will save your energy, respect the people around you and control your thoughts and emotions.
Thus, when Grampy climbs his stairs again at the age of 88, which I see him now through the window, my cortisol does not go through the roof.
I’m going to try and now quietly let my work be interrupted and tell him he has to come down.
What everyone misses about Flow State
There is a popular idea these days about entering the Flow State, where one is completely in the “zone” and almost magically focused. Writers, athletes, speakers, artists and those who feel deep connection with what they do can easily enter this state.
But what people forget is the “effortless” part.
Now before you all become sensitive because you are proud of yourself for how hard you work, listen. There is nothing wrong with rushing. I guys just have a better way.
This way your rush can be made more effective.
The more you practice slowing down and refocusing your mind, the more effective you will be. Also, if you take the time to breathe at once instead of rushing everywhere, you will enjoy life more.
Yes, it means long walks, listening to podcasts, reading about mindfulness, sleeping, drinking beer, changing your routine, meditating and just relaxing. That’s the fun part, and your approach depends on you.
Here are some articles to help you start practicing The Art of Non-Doing today:
As a friend of mine who creates a load of money chained to his desk in the financial world, he told me, “People, taking care of yourself is a full-time job. I’ve never been able to do that. “
… And all I can say is: the kind of life you want to live depends on you.
Set your goals, set your priorities, and start practicing The Art of Non-Doing today.