My Do Less Experiment

hummingbirdI used to cram as much into my days as I could only to collapse in an exhausted heap on the bed at night. Rushing around like my hair was on fire and constantly feeling guilty for where I wasn’t and what I hadn’t done.

Does the thought of doing less sound like a pipe dream? Don’t worry – you’re not alone. When I first left my corporate job, I had grand ideas of how I’d spend my days but quickly replaced one kind of busy for another.

Shifting my emphasis over to BEING, not doing, was the most surprisingly, challenging thing. This is because our brains think change is risky, so the bigger the change, the more resistant we are to it, and my old habit died hard.

Thankfully, I’ve discovered this in my own life too. Slowing down, getting clear on my essentials, and paying more attention to being in the moment have truly helped me transform.

And, there are lots of successful mompreneurs like Kate Northup, Dr. Shefali Tsabary, and Danielle LaPorte who’ve found that doing less is the key to being more.

Our fears of not doing enough are more accurately about not being enough. Click To Tweet

No amount of doing will ever fill that hole. It’s in accepting that we are each innately worthy, naturally creative, resourceful and whole, that we finally realize that we are. I am.

This depth of healing and acceptance is yours to claim too. While we’re never finished, right now, I’m the woman, mother, and light-worker I want to be. And that’s enough.

Here are the 3 ways I do less to become more each and every day.


Focus

Unless part of the 2% elite of our population known as “super-taskers,” multi-tasking drains us of valuable mental energy each time we switch attention back and forth between tasks. By choosing to focus on one thing at a time, you’ll not only complete it more efficiently and effectively, but you’ll have more energy when you’re done. (And who doesn’t want more of that?)


Eliminate


Coaching helps me get clear on what’s really important to my health & happiness and what’s NOT. Being held accountable to do the things that support my growth and letting go of the rest has helped me put things in a perspective that feels right for me. My litmus test is whether something feels loving (to both parties) – and if it fails the test, something needs to be tweaked or I don’t agree to do it.


Meditate


No coincidence that this one helps out with the first two! In fact, the list of physical, emotional, and mental health benefits for meditating is long and keeps growing. Here a just a few:

  • Increases focus, memory retention and recall
  • Builds better immunity
  • Lessens anxiety
  • Helps prevent emotional eating & smoking
  • Improves resilience to pain and adversity
  • Enhances self-esteem & acceptance

Rather than chewing on a thought over and over in our minds, we can learn to still our minds. What’s now evolved into a daily practice, meditation helps me feel more centered, calm, and supported no matter what’s happening around me. And sitting criss-cross apple-sauce is not the only way! Studies have shown that the practice that’s most beneficial is the one that you’re drawn to the most.


So, I guess you could say the last few years have been my #dolessexperiment, and wow, what a ride.

Leave a comment below and let me know, what will you do less of to be more today? ♥

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