I grew up with the understanding that the more you do and the quicker you do it, the more productive you were.
If you know me well enough, you probably know that I have a love for making to-do lists. I’m a go-go-go person and to me, there’s nothing quite the checking things off the to-do list. It’s ingrained in my mind, my being, and deep in my cells. However, I would get so worn out and tired from the go-go-go that I got sick often. My nervous system was on overload and I had no idea.
This FINALLY has changed for me lately.
The last year of my life has been insanely busy: working three jobs (and trying to do them well), in addition to household stuff, spending time with friends, and trying to find my balance. There was more adding to the to-do list and less time checking things off. The to-do lists grew exponentially, as did my stress. I spent most of the little time I had off worried about getting things done than enjoying the things I love. Until I took this photo.
A few months ago, I took this photo after working 14 days straight. As I brought my dog on her daily walk, as though it was a chore, I saw this sign and halted right in my tracks. What the hell have I been doing? I felt defeated.
I’d been rushing around and doing so much that I didn’t stop to realize that the to-do list will ALWAYS be there. And that’s ok.
In that moment I realized I could no longer live that way. I needed a change. Although I wasn’t in the position to quit any of my jobs, I started to contemplate what I could let go of in order to make things easier, in order to make things lighter, to take the time for my heart to beat slowly without rushing to the next job, the next task, the next moment. I wanted to enjoy the little moments like evening walks, time with my friends without stressing about what needed to be done.
I finally got it: it’s less about the go-go-go and the to-do lists. I’ve started to understand that in order to be more productive, I actually NEED to take time to slow down.
So my yoga and meditation practice has become my daily constant. I am reminded every day as close my eyes, even for a few minutes of breathing, that my whole being actually craves this. Now I bask in the moments of slowing down, of letting go, and of just being.
And when my practice is complete, the tasks are less daunting and I’m able to complete them more thoroughly and at ease.
I enjoy them more because I fill myself up when I need. I tune in and listen.
Do you feel me?? How could you slow yourself down just a little bit in order to be more “productive” in the long run? How can you nurture yourself so that you can nurture the things you love?
This short meditation below is one of my favorites to slow down. Try it ANYWHERE and feel the stress melt away.
Make sure to comment below to let me know how it goes, and as always, don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns!
Love you guys!