I know, I know. Easier said than done.
I told myself the other day, I need to shut down earlier every day. With a toddler to manage, I find it’s good to do some work at night. The problem with that is that there is no end to work, is there? There is always that one other project you didnt get around to touching last week, one final email that looks urgent and needs an answer to, a spreadsheet you need to print … and when you have no real sense of the time involved (oh, I’ll just pop a quick email off to answer him), then a shutdown at 9.30PM quickly becomes a shutdown close to midnight.
Some aspect of decompressing is about how you attack the problem. But the more straight-forward right-in-your-face approach is simply to take some time off. Do the complete opposite to what your brain is telling you. When the world seems to overwhelm, just shut down for the night. Or take a nap or go for a drive. Get away even if it’s for an hour or two. Pressing on sometimes is not the solution.
You’d think in this rat race world, with all these frozen two-minute dinners, things are gonna get even faster? Well, welcome to slow cooking. Yes, let’s cook that roast over four hours, why not! It doesn’t burn, it smells yum. But on the flipside, you have got to wait for it. Didnt make sense initially, but it caught on. However, slow cooking is not for everyone. It’s there as an alternative.
Taking some time off should be an alternative to consider. There is no definite time frame in mind here, as far as I can see. I mean, you take the amount of time you need. Some of us need more than others and if so, so be it then. If the end result is achieved, it won’t matter now, will it?
Tip #1. Slow down
Tip #2. Accept what you’re faced with
Tip #3. Create a list. Then make a plan.
Tip #5. Prioritise
Tip #6. Realise what to be grateful for
Tip #8. Do the work
Tip #10. The knowing-doing gap