Too Busy, Too Overwhelmed, or Just Disorganized?

SUMMARY:

Maximization seems to be the name of the game these days. We have to take advantage of every small morsel of time, so that we can be as successful as we can possibly be, and not be thought of as less-than by our peers. And this isn’t just happening in your small city or town. It’s become a global epidemic! I think we’ve all forgotten that we have an eternity not only to achieve, but also to learn, to grow, to apply our skills, and to enjoy this life.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Soufra Daimeh and Maria Khalifé are synonymous in the Middle East with flavor, inventiveness, and fun.  Her magazine Soufra Daimeh and her cookbooks continuously inspire women.

Going beyond her television and radio career, she expanded her life purpose to include helping others to live a masterful, successful life led by her own example and accomplishments. In 2008,  she created The Change Coaching Institute (CCI).  At CCI, those who wish to accelerate their growth on The Path, or to foster a new career for themselves by becoming a Change Coach, learn universal, spiritual principles to reach maximum potential through the discovery of a true dynamic and authentic self.  http://www.changecoachinginstitute.com

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“Do your little bit of good where you are; its those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” ~ Desmond Tutu

Maximization seems to be the name of the game these days. We have to take advantage of every small morsel of time, so that we can be as successful as we can possibly be, and not be thought of as less-than by our peers. And this isn’t just happening in your small city or town. It’s become a global epidemic!

Perhaps we’ve all forgotten that we have an eternity not only to achieve, but also to learn, to grow, to apply our skills, and to enjoy this life. See, even the author put enjoyment last on this list.

Can you at least consider that it was you who adopted this helter-skelter pace, this rush toward the gold, this relentless pace?  It’s no wonder you may feel overworked and overwhelmed from time to time. Here are some wise words: if you set it up, you can change the set up.

Let’s support the idea of working toward the big dream. You don’t have to run there. You can walk continuously, sedately, with enjoyment and get there just the same, because whether you run or you walk, you still only have right now to accomplish your goals and you can prioritize them.

Worst first.  Do you remember when you had to eat that one teaspoon of vegetables for dinner and you didn’t want to? How did you handle it? You ate it first and got it out of the way, right? Same with your tasks. Once you prioritize them, choose the one you disdain the most, and put at least half an hour in on it first thing in the morning. It won’t seem nearly as repulsive after you do this and who know, you might get another half hour out of yourself.

Create an organized work space. Can you imagine the flight deck on an aircraft carrier filled with debris? The planes could never launch. Can you work productively in clutter? You’d need a cleared deck to get going. You will see an increase in your productivity if you can add efficiency to your productivity because you are organized. Do this at the end of every work day so you’re ready to launch next morning.

There’s only now.  You can only do today’s work today. Stay focused on today and forget about yesterday or tomorrow, because you’re burning up today being out of focus. It’s a substantial simplification that will add great productivity to your achievements.

Give it all you’ve got….and then let it go, knowing you put your best effort into it. It is a much better idea to give it a first try without over thinking it, because you can always take a second, improved go at it. Perfection usually doesn’t hit with our first efforts. Think of stones in flowing water: they are polished, and polished, and polished many times before they are worn to perfect smoothness. Your efforts are in the process of perfection.

Keep Track of Your Proofs. Each of us does good things today that may not look so beautiful the following day. Why is that? Because in the “doing,” we learned more about the task and now we know more; we know better. You get a lot of things right, so journal about those. You might also return to those topics when you do improve on them, and journal about the improvements. This is life’s natural way: first the doing; then the improving.

Remove distractions. Do you get distracted when the news or music is playing while you’re concentrating?  What does distract you? Get it away from your workspace so your brilliance can shine. It isn’t about just staying busy. It’s about doing what you do as well as possible.

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Comment by Maria Khalife on June 5, 2017 at 6:03pm

Hi Kathy. Here's the rewrite.  Pat

Comment by Maria Khalife on June 5, 2017 at 6:02pm

Comment by Kathy Custren on May 27, 2017 at 10:14pm

Hi, Pat and Maria - this submission as it now stands is written primarily from the first-person view, and there are many "I" statements. We ask that submissions be written with third-person pronouns as much as possible. Kindly amend the pronouns and let me know when it may be reviewed once more. Thank you ~ Blessings! 

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