While dreaming of my perfect summer, I was rushed and meeting a chaotic schedule. Day after day, it didn’t feel much like my own schedule anymore.
As Chris Sacca would say, “Are you writing your To Do List or is someone else writing your To Do List for you?”
Well, I think it was safe to say that my day was full of the tasks of others. I suspect you can relate. It is the American way afterall…why do we keeping using this excuse and letting others manage our days?
With Chris Sacca in mind and summer closing in, I could think of nothing I wanted more than to breathe. Not in the literal sense so much as the metaphorical. Breathing meant more time freedom. We all have the yearning for more time to do what it is we want, but how do we make the time with so much still undone? I will get there, but first my perfect summer…
Beyond having a chance to breathe, I wanted time to let creativity flow, to work on a list of books I’ve been interested in reading, to learn a few new things, to grow my business, and to do some serious decluttering of my house (literally and metaphorically). Then, the bigger thought occurred to me: I want to work on slowing down and growing in mind and body.
Naturally, and as always happens with me, my thoughts began to drift. I immediately wanted to define slowing down so I could be clear on what I was truly trying to accomplish. Then I thought that I should establish a clear plan so I wouldn’t get off-track. Better than a plan, a schedule!
Whoa…there I go again, zipping myself right back up into a tightly wound routine all to accomplish a goal that somehow transformed itself into the epitome of overachievement and perfectionism. Albeit, something I’m very good at doing.
Back to square one. I live by a calendar. I thrive on schedules, goal setting, and lists. I am the embodiment of Type A personality. Knowing this, the irony in my previously mentioned goal should be settling in for you now. I think to myself: it is impractical to conceive a goal that doesn’t allow a plan, a list, and some checkpoints. How will I ever achieve such a goal with a million other things still to do (and if I’m being really honest, things that keep me distracted).
Yet, slowing down seems to require just that from me. A bit of letting go, I suppose. Are you finding yourself relating to this?
You cannot truly slow down as long as you are worried about the next event or achievement that you’ve written on your calendar. And so, why not try a different sort of plan? One that will allow you to still feel tethered to something, but that still creates plenty of discomfort in the magnitude of freedom you’ve given yourself to work on such a hefty goal.
This summer let’s work on slowing down and improving in mind and body. Let’s do this by doing less AND doing more. Simply stated, I will do less of what I have been doing and more of what I have dreamt of doing. Rather than using checkpoints and lists, I will use a personal image as a reminder to stay the course. Why waste time overthinking things?
Will you join me? Make a personal pact with yourself today (and me by sending a private message if you’re feeling so inclined)! Be sure to check back later for my progress posts!