It’s easy to think and feel like we have so much to do and not enough time.
But recently I have questioned if I need to do everything. Perhaps I just need to do a few things – but do them really well.
So I’m asking myself what do I need to stop doing completely and what do I need to double down on?
I frequently face feeling overwhelmed.
I always feeling like I am behind, too much to do and not making the progress I am dreaming off. But the reality is that my time is getting sucked into things that don’t serve me.
So perhaps I need to stop doing those things that will not benefit nor contribute to my goal of becoming an author entrepreneur and instead start to double my efforts on those things that will push the needle forward and make a real difference.
Too often, I can get bogged down into my email, responding to other people’s queries, neglecting my own progress.
Have You Done The Most Important Task Of The Day?
It’s totally OK to respond to emails but make a deal with yourself that you will only do it after you have written the words toward your book for the day.
Dealing With FOMO
Sometimes I also suffer from FOMO, fear of missing out. What if I miss a really important email? What if I miss an important webinar? Or an important tweet?
The truth is that you will never be able to consume ALL the data out there. So instead we need to trust what we need will come to us at the right time and at the right place.
You don’t need to stock-pile information. Just do the work you are meant to be doing. And you know what that it is (to write!!)
When you start to do less of the things you really don’t have to do, then you will find yourself doing more of the things that truly matter to you.
Here are 5 ways in which I have doubled down on what counts and stopped doing what doesn’t:
#1. Schedule when you check your email
I have stopped checking my email first thing in the morning. Instead, I check my email AFTER I have completed a writing session. Only then will I check my inbox.
And only then do I respond to those that are the most urgent. If there is nothing urgent i simply close my inbox and don’t check it again until later in the afternoon.
#2. No meetings before 12 noon
I no longer take any meetings in the morning. Mornings are my most productively creative time. The most important tasks get done before noon i.e. journaling, meditating, making breakfast and writing.
#3. Stopped watching mindless TV
I have stopped watching mindless TV. Instead, I watch selected shows / films on demand in my own time. This means I can choose when and what to watch.
I’m currently binging on Stranger Things on Netflix for research purposes. I am looking at how the story structure and plot are working and what I can apply to my own writing.
The TV I consume is stuff I want to watch as opposed to watching anything that comes on. Conscious consumption!
#4. Reduce cardio, Increase weight-training
I stopped focusing on cardio at the gym and doubled down on resistance weight-training.
General consensus is if you want to burn fat you need to do cardio. I tried it but it doesn’t work for me.
What DOES work for me is to spend a short but concentrated time doing weight-training. And I enjoy this more than running on a treadmill. Identify what works for you best and then do that.
#5. Embrace the Power of No!
I stopped saying yes and embraced No.
I now say ‘No’ to all requests I can’t honour. And I only do the things I want to do rather than those things I think I should be doing
For example, I tell my close friends that I love to spend time with them over a cup of tea for a catch-up, but I can’t go shopping for 3 hours in a busy shopping mall with them. Shopping malls tend to stress me out and waste my time.
So start saying no to those things you really don’t want to do. As Derek Sivers says if it’s not a ‘hell yeah’, it’s a ‘hell no!‘
What will you eliminate so you can do more of what you really want (and get the writing done) ?