Getting Out Of Overwhelm (Part 2 of 3): Whatever You're Doing, DO It

That’s right: “Whatever you’re doing, do it.”

I realize that’s a bit of a Yoda statement (which is why I love it), but here’s what I mean.

Most of us spend pitifully few moments of our day really BEING where we are.

Instead we’re lost in thought, re-scripting past conversations and re-writing scenes that have already played out.

Instead of fully engaging in what we’re doing in the present moment, we zone out and perform most of our actions on autopilot.

What this ensures is that we not only miss out on the joy of really living, but we never do anything as superbly as we could.

On the other hand, when you bring your full attention and presence to whatever task you’re completing, you not only enjoy it more (like, eight million times more!) but you do it better, faster, and with fewer errors or struggle than you could have possibly done with your partial attention.

So I’ve got a challenge for you:

I dare you to start showing up for what needs to get done.

What do I mean by that?

When you’re washing a dish, wash the dish instead of half-a$$ing your way through it while turning over in your mind what you should have said during that meeting earlier today, or what your mother shouldn’t have said to you on the phone yesterday.

You are creating beauty in the world, transforming a glass from cloudy to sparkling with soap and water.

When you’re paying bills, stop and realize the magic involved in this undertaking, instead of resisting the outward direction of your dollars.

You’re taking part in the flow of one of the most powerful sources of energy on the planet: money. You are distributing this dollar for that product or service – and in doing so, you are providing jobs for others and helping to sustain the economy.

When you’re packing your child’s lunch for school, instead of running an internal dialogue about how difficult it is to get out of the house every morning, take note of the fact that you are contributing to part of your child’s daily experience, even when you’re not there to contribute directly.

You have the immense privilege of providing sustenance to help his or her brain think and body move throughout the day.

When you’re preparing a report at work, instead of grumbling about the fact that your boss is asking for numbers you have no desire to produce, resolve to make this report the best your boss has ever seen.

Recognize the miracle that, with a few strokes on a keyboard, you can make those numbers move from one spreadsheet to another, or from your head onto the screen.

You are up to some powerful stuff!

Be there when it happens.

No matter how much you have to accomplish in life, there is no requirement that you do it with resistance, struggle, or stress.

On the other hand, you always have the option of doing it with full engagement and enthusiasm.

As I like to say, “Work is necessary, but stress is optional.”

So try an experiment: for one week, decide that you will view everything you do as an honor and a privilege (if it helps, remind yourself that if you’ve got stuff to do, it means you’re still alive and kicking!) and see if things don’t feel just a little (or a LOT) easier and less stressful.

And if you’d like to report back here and let me know what’s going on, please feel free to do so. I want to hear from you.

I’ll see you again tomorrow for the last tip in this time management series (this one has more to do with actions than mindset).

Until then, peace out.

NEXT POST: Part 3 of 3: Finish What You Start

Helen Hunter Mackenzie