How to Get Shiz Done and Be Zen About It!
I was asked this question on a podcast: "How do you get shit done and still be Zen?" I was immediately in disbelief that someone thought this recovering Type A, born and raised New Yorker was Zen (you can listen to my accent below!).
In all seriousness, I have done a lot of work on myself and made some hefty investments to get to a place of mindfulness and intention. While it's hard for me to consider myself Zen, I do consider myself purpose-driven.
My effectiveness starts with how I define productivity.
For me, productivity is NOT getting “all the things” done. Productivity is about getting the “right” things done.
When you know what the “right” things are, you can begin to focus on the critical few. This focus does have a Zen-like feel to it. Getting things done and being in a calm state of flow are not mutually exclusive. As a matter of fact, I get far more done when I feel harmonious then when I feel frenzied.
A few years ago my coaching on this subject would have looked wildly different. I would have told you to color code a to do list and barked rapid fire task management strategies at you like I was productivity's version of Jillian Michaels.
With more years experience at balancing a family of big dreaming go-getters, work, and life my secret recipe for getting shit done has changed dramatically. Aimlessly checking off boxes not longer does it for me.
A Recipe for Success:
I have a lot of recipes for peacefully nailing tasks and goals. Like a cook has more than one way to make a hearty chili. You can consider this my most basic technique.
Make self-care a priority:
For me this means getting a FULL night sleep hours (at least 8 hours), hydrating, fueling with real food, and having a morning routine that gives me energy for the day.
- How do I define self-care?
- What are my favorite activities to help me relax?
- Where can I find those onto my weekly calendar?
Get clear on your values and vision:
Aligning your goals and actions with your values makes it easier to determine what gets done and what doesn't get a second thought. It's either a heck yes or a heck no.
- What are my top 3-5 values?
- Define each value in your own words. Ex. If you value happiness, what does happiness mean to you?
Have a system in place for dealing with overwhelm:
Even when you are rocking your morning routine and aligning with your values feelings of overwhelm can set in.
- On a scale from 1-10, how overwhelmed do I feel right now?
- What small action can I take to move me from that number to a lower number?
Three tips to help you gitter done and feel more tranquil:
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What's your surefire way to get shiz done and be Zen about it?
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