Doing a million things with ease
Does it seem like you are always working but never really getting anywhere? Australians are reported to work the longest hours in the developed world. But what if it’s not about working hard? You could get a million things done with ease, and handle everything in your life, using these pragmatic tools.
Throw away your To-Do List
Have you been writing a To-Do list as a way of creating your day — and never finishing it? Or perhaps your day is based on your children’s school routine, meetings, handling emails and phone calls, or all of the above. What if you could create a day that works for you and not feel overloaded?
When I wake up, the first thing I do is start asking questions. One of my favourite questions is: who or what requires me today? Each month I have between four and 12 projects, so there’s always a lot going on. I look for what’s energetically screaming for my attention and make that my priority.
Routine tasks are a necessary part of the day. Making your children’s school lunches may not be particularly exciting but it is a contribution to your daily life. I love doing mundane tasks like sorting my emails. It is incredibly satisfying not to have 500–600 emails sitting in my in box. Not only do I feel like I’m on top of things, I also have the space to create more. It’s about knowing what is required for that very moment. Sometimes going through emails or messages actually contributes to the bigger picture.
What’s really urgent?
If you work with people who have a level of urgency about what they want, look at whether it will contribute to your business. Some people are a massive contribution and it could be in your best interests to attend to them straight away. When someone is being a prima donna, that’s not the energy I jump to. With them, I’d see if there’s a different way to do things. Is somebody else better placed to do what they need? Ask a question but it depends on the individual situation.
Don’t make other people’s expectations sweep you away. What you choose and create is valuable. Stay present with your life, your business and your money flows and you will get more done than you ever thought possible.
Avoid putting things off
Deal with what comes up straight away. If there is a problem address it, without leaving it for tomorrow.
I’m not a great believer in procrastination. If you’re constantly putting something off, be honest about whether you really wish to do it. If you don’t, then ask someone else to do it for you. For instance if you don’t like making graphs, and Kim, who also works in your team really loves it, ask for assistance. It might take Kim 10 minutes whereas you have been sweating over it for an hour. Getting a million things done with ease doesn’t mean you have to do everything.
Procrastination can also occur when you don’t have sufficient information. So recognise if you need to add something or speak to somebody. There are always multiple choices available to you.
One of the most common things people say is, if I deal with it all — then what? If you’ve got no more problems, no more to-do lists, you will actually create more. You could add even more things to your life, and become the superman or superwoman you secretly wish you were.
Nurture you and grow your business
Set aside one hour a day and one day a week to do something that nurtures you. I’m not talking about nurturing your body. What’s nurturing for you? This will be different for everyone. One person might enjoy going for a walk in the woods, or taking a long bath. Someone else might actually want to clean out the fridge or scrub the shower. I love cleaning silver. I don’t do it often, but when I do it is so satisfying. Do whatever has caring, nurturing and kind energy toward you. You will be more relaxed, more at peace and have more of a sense of yourself. And the upside is, the more happiness you have the more you will get done.
Simone Milasas hosts Joy of Business Classes across the world. Joy of Business puts the adventure and fun back into your business. Simone went from $187 K in debt to having a multi- million dollar business using simple and pragmatic tools that she will be sharing at her next class streamed live online from Noosa, Australia on November 28th http://www.accessjoyofbusiness.com/noosa.