How to Be a Tortoise Instead of a Hare

turtleI was talking just this morning with Genna Mori about how women of our generation are a nation of do-ers. We think that if we're not do-ing, we're not good enough. We must do until we drop!

The problem with that notion is that we are suffering for it – we're depressed, we're tired, we're burned out, we're sick and tired of being sick and tired.

My challenge for you today is this: What would your day look like if you decided to be a Tortoise instead of a Hare? If you took things a little slower, tried to Do a little less? It might freak you out at first, but I bet by the end of the day, you'd feel a lot more accomplished and relaxed.

So how does one be a Tortoise? Here are my top tips:

  1. Take the time to prioritize daily objectives.Each morning before I start working, I ask myself, “What are the 3 most important things I need to do today?” Then I focus on those 3 things. Yes, interruptions will occur, but I find if I write them down and put them by my computer, it helps me remember what I am supposed to be focusing on.    
  2. Cut internet use by half. I complain about not having enough time to do the things I want to do, but I also spend way too much time on email and Facebook. A friend of mine suggested I close out my email account when I’m working so I don’t get distracted. Ditto with Facebook. And now without the constant notifications pinging at me, my work space is much quieter, which makes it easier to concentrate!
  3. Enjoy nature. I try to get outside every day – especially when it’s nice out. A mid-day quick stroll or a few minutes in my backyard at the end of the day go a long way to restoring my sanity.
  4. Eat Slower. Ever eat in the car while driving? Yeah, me too – and it gave me indigestion. I try to eat my meals away from my desk so I can enjoy my food (and my stomach feels better too!)
  5. Connect with family and friends. I’m not talking about Facebook either. I’m talking about one-on-one time when you can actually enjoy each other’s company, sans smart phones.
  6. Make time for yourself. Yeah, yeah, yeah. “But I don’t have time for myself.” Yes, you do. Cut down on Facebook by 10 minutes a day and do something relaxing for you.
  7. Give yourself more time. Some of us like to stick to a tight schedule and plan all our daily events. Next time you’re jotting down new tasks in your planner, try to factor in a few extra minutes when estimating how long things will take. This will help you not rush through daily tasks.
  8. Take the scenic route. Hate rush hour? Me too. So I drive the ‘long’ scenic way to work. It’s so much more refreshing than sitting in traffic.
  9. Sit for a moment with your eyes closed when you start your computer. I start each day in prayer. I ask for guidance. I ask for God/Goddess/Universe to guide my thoughts, sight, words, voice, heart, hands, and body. And then, and only then, do I start working.
  10. Remember your goals and aspirations. Create a vision board. Look at it every day and figure out how you can get one step closer to your goals.

Now isn’t that a better way to live?

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