Are you feeling overwhelmed, stuck or do you find yourself procrastinating? Do you typically load your plate by taking on too much and expect to handle it all? Are your goals realistic or a bit too ambitious?
There are times when tipping over your plate and letting things drop so that you can start over is the best choice. Sort of like cleaning off the kitchen counter or your desk and putting only the things back that matter. Consider this plan:Step 1: Make a list of everything that is undone or not progressing the way you want. Include things you feel pressured about or anything you feel you should, could, have to, or ought to do. Add all goals, projects, roles, routines and things you consider both minor and essential to your life.
Step 2: Drop 50% of the items on this list permanently. Yup, you heard me. Creating space to re-evaluate what you really want allows you to make a clear decision about what you choose to add back into your life.
Step 3: Deliberately reduce the emotional or time invested in the remaining 50% so that you have some “you” time and space for self–care, re-energizing, thinking, planning, having fun...If you don’t put in time to take care of yourself, even the best leader will burn out.
Step 4: Keep this list around you and only add back over time the items that you really want.
Bottom line: Choosing this strategy can be a great way to realign priorities and assist you in having more ease in your life. Doing a clean sweep can jump-start enthusiasm and motivation when focused on the things you deeply desire and choose to pursue. This can be a fun process that supports you in working smarter rather than harder. As Danielle LaPorte would say (Fire Starter Sessions. Click on link and scroll down to the video on the site): A blank page creates an open mind and an open mind innovates.