Do you have too many things to deal with? If you think that there is not enough time available to finish everything and you want to be less stressed, asking yourself one particular question could be the answer.
People feel overwhelmed at times, as they have so much going on. They want to do the right things in a timely matter with quality, no matter how many projects they have and how full their agenda is.
Can you relate?
I will ask one simple question that can help you to actually do less and stress less.
Less is more
I have now been an entrepreneur for only three month, and sometimes I catch myself working crazy hours. I guess that is normal being an entrepreneur, and I do not have a big issue with it as I highly enjoy what I am doing.
Nonetheless, I sometimes notice that I do not always focus on the important things of the day, but rather get stuck into details which take up a lot of time and is not really that crucial. How do I deal with this?
My favorite thing is actually to refer to a question, which I came across in the book by Timothy Ferriss “The 4-Hour Workweek” (2007. Crown Publishers, p. 80). It helps me to regain focus and to feel less overwhelmed.
“If you had a heart attack and had to work two hours per day, what would you do?” – Tim Ferriss
At first, this question can seem a bit extreme and referring to only two working hours per day seems unrealistic, but on a second thought being this unrealistic, it pushes people even further. And addressing this type of question might be helping people to avoid having a burnout.
What are the things that you could you delete or stop doing? Maybe completely remove, delay or even better delegate to others? What are the meetings where someone from your team could go to? Is there someone who could deal with your administrative tasks?
As people generally do not like to miss out, and it is difficult to decide sometimes. Maybe you start by cleaning up your office desk, or delete old unused files on your computer. Sort your address book. Throw out old clothes.
Changing and leaving things behind can release new energy and reduce stress levels, and people are less worried about not having enough time.
So, how would you do it? Think of one action or one thing that you can change during the next four days. One thing only. Whether it is related to your office space, your apartment or house or maybe your business agenda for this week. Change something.
What are you going to do? Share with us below!
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