What do you commit to? What do you reject? My client Karen graciously allowed me to share with you her recent writings. I hope her words inspire you!
“I hereby reject “exhausting busyness” as way of life that is inescapable.
I commit to…
…learning all I can about how to break out of this habituated feeling of overwhelm. I will train myself how to enjoy my life more, and to move at a pace that is sustainable and measured and contributes to a sense of longevity, wellness and ease.
… time to bathe and clean and dress myself leisurely and to enjoy the process of dressing in clothing that looks and feels good and will be good to move around in all day.
… being aware of how many times a day I check my email, as well as how many times I try to multi-task with digital technology, like checking email while I am stopped at red lights or while I am at home in the evening. I will commit to staying with the sense of reactivity I experience when I receive an email, and the tendency I have to respond immediately. I will recognize that bio-chemically, I am wired for that rush of new information, and that my instant response gives me a sense of accomplishment and alleviates some anxiety to have “completed” the task. However, I will recognize that by allowing myself to be pulled away from the projects I am currently working on, I am splitting my energy and losing focus. I will remember that multi-tasking is an energy -suck, and results in poorer performance and higher levels of stress.
… reasonably long lunch breaks to eat, relax, engage in creative thought, connect with family and friends.
… some time before sleep to consciously get comfortable and ready for a deep, restful evening.
… listening to wise teachers’ talks and meditations as I am going to sleep so that my conscious and unconscious minds are taking in the positive reinforcement that they need.
… pursuing comedy and the dramatic arts – and continuing to explore how those passions could show up in my work and my expression of life.”
Guest blogger: Karen Meshkov, amazing human being, business owner, brand new mom (congrats, Karen and husband Matt!). Karen has been Erin’s client since January 2015. Check out her LinkedIn recommendation of Erin at the bottom of Erin’s LinkedIn profile.