199 // The Tyranny of Getting Stuff Done

We’re in a busy season with a lot to get done. You know that feeling where you have so many things swirling around inside your head that you can’t relax, that’s what I’m talking about today. I recently read a Psychology Today article called The Tyranny of Getting Stuff Done which sums up my point perfectly. 

We need to give ourselves permission to just be in the present moment. We don’t have to prioritize things that don’t have a deadline. We need to stop putting things we notice in the front of the line creating artificial deadlines. Let’s prioritize family, play, and connection this season.

 

Episode Highlights: 

[03:45] We’re constantly inundated by our own brains telling us that we can’t sit down.

[04:03] The tyranny of clutter can overwhelm us and distract us, the same way the tyranny of having too much to do can overwhelm our brain. Our to-do list becomes our clutter, and we can’t stay present or just sit.

[05:59] We want time and space to engage and have connection. These are the things that should have priority. 

[07:41] We are the ones putting the pressure on ourselves and making things a priority that don’t have to be.

[08:47] Getting the to-dos done just gives me relief, whereas when I prioritize family time I feel nourished.

[09:40] I want to focus on the things that are going to actually nourish me.

[10:04] Think of the things that don’t matter that you think you need to do as an itch that needs to be scratched. Take the time to ask what you’re giving up by scratching that itch.

[11:37] Schedule it and give yourself a deadline when you will do those tasks. Follow your calendar.

[12:11] Writing it down and getting it out of your head gives you almost the same relief as doing it.

[13:54] Decide when things will be taken care of and you won’t have to think about it anymore. 

[15:42] Putting things aside can make us feel like we’re putting things off and not keeping up. Choosing to put something aside and getting rid of the noise can be a powerful upgrade.

 

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