On Battling “Busy”

What gets in between you and living a full, connected, meaningful life?

When Shauna Niequist, author of Present over Perfect, asked herself this question, she came up with one clear answer–being “busy.”

She shares, “A few years ago, I found myself exhausted and isolated, my soul and body sick. I was tired of being tired, burned out on busy. And, it seemed almost everyone I talked with was in the same boat: longing for connection, meaning, depth, but settling for busy…”

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“Busy” is one of the strongest enemies of living on purpose.

But, how do we fight “busy” and win–when everyone and everything around us seems to be moving toward this ever-pulsing beat?

There seems to be no other way…

Or is there?

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Here are a few ways to start your battle against busyness:

Develop a clear and compelling vision of what your purposeful life looks like.  This is the place to start–at the end.  Imagine yourself looking back on your life.  What does wild success look like?

Align your activities to this vision.  Brainstorm ways you can bring this vision to fruition.  Place these on your calendar first.  These activities will help you become who you want to be, so they need to take precedence over “other stuff.”

Say “no” to just about everything else.  This sounds hard, but with a clear and compelling vision of what matters most, it is not actually as hard as you think.  While it is often hard to say “no” without a clear vision,  once you have a clear vision of where you are going and why, the “nos” become obvious, nearly effortless, and often even joyous!

When you look back over your future life, what do you want to see?

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Christine M. Wilson, LPC
Co-Founder, Think Time

 

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How to Beat Procrastination

In my former life, my life before Think Time, if I had something important to do, I would try to “get everything else done” so that I could have a clear mind to focus on the most important thing. 

As you can imagine, this didn’t work very well for me. If you would accuse me of procrastinating, I would think in my mind that I was “preparing.”   I had full intentions of doing those important things. I just felt like I needed to “gear up.”

However, as I look back, I can see that this was procrastinating. 

So, things that I wanted to do–often the more important and meaningful things – didn’t ever really get done.

In my study of productivity, I learned about this cool thing called the MIT, or the “Most Important Task,” by Kevin Kruse. As part of a morning routine, Kruse recommends completing the most important task of the day.  So, you actually start your day having already accomplished what was most important. 

This doesn’t even get procrastination an opportunity to raise his hand and speak its mind. 

Procrastination is fully off the table.

As you take time to Think Time, you will always know what the next most important thing to do is. Based on our process, some of these will be worked into your routine and some of these will be scheduled on your calendar.

The key is having clarity on what matters most and feeling free to focus on it first.

Do you know what your next most important thing is?  

Do you have a proven process through which you move weekly to clearly identify what matters most to you and moving into your life? If not, take a moment to check out our Think Time program at think-time.com.

 

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Co-Founder, Think Time

 

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Pull the Weeds…Every Day: On Diligence

We moved a year ago.

Our new house has a gorgeous yard in the front and in the back.

This is the first time in my life I have had a gorgeous yard.

I grew up on five acres in a wooded wonderland in Arkansas, and as an adult lived in a variety of rental properties.

So, I have never really worried about maintaining a real lawn with lush grass…until this past year.

We rented our last home in a quiet neighborhood where you actually knew your neighbors.  At the time, I was just happy to keep my three young kids alive and fed.  Mowing the lawn was covered in our rent, so thinking about the lawn was not at all on my radar.

My neighbor, however, was different.  She was a retiree who loved being outside.  Every day she walked around and picked weeds. Her yard always looked amazing while ours usually didn’t…except where her water accidentally blew over the imaginary line between our homes.

I always knew I was not willing to put the time in to have the type of yard she had.  I watched her.  She was diligent.  No weed stood a chance under her watch!

Now, that we have moved, and we have inherited a beautiful yard, I feel a sense of responsibility to maintain it. But, I know what it’s going to take. It’s going to take diligence.

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This is one of the hardest things for me.

I work really well in spurts.

I like working when I feel “inspired.”

But, if I’m going to cultivate a beautiful lawn, I know it is going to take regularity. It will need to move into my routines.  Unless I choose to delegate it, I cannot schedule it as a one time event, get it done, and call it quits.

I will need to pull the weeds…consistently.

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Since I have taken time to Think Time over the last three years, one of the greatest lessons I have learned is that anything that I want to do or who I want to be needs to be cultivated consistently over time.

This includes everything.  Parenting little people.  Organizing a home.  Building a business.  Cultivating a character.  Nourishing relationships.  None of these become great overnight.

John Maxwell says that people want to grow, but they don’t want to put more than 30 seconds of work into it. So, those who are willing to put the time in will quickly separate themselves from others.

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Outside of a spiritual experience with God, I know of no faster way to change our thinking and our behavior than Think Time; however, that does not mean it is easy or requires no work.

Real holistic life change still requires diligence over time.

And it still requires that we show up every day.

I like the way self-discipline strategist Rory Vaden says it. He says, “Success is not owned. It is rented. And the rent is due every day.”

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What sort of diligence would it take for you to make the life change you want?

Are you willing to put the time and effort in to make those changes?

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Co-Founder, Think Time

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Life is moving fast.  You are losing valuable time.  We have created an innovative process that helps you to dream bigger, get more time for what matters most, and become who you want to be.

Find out how Think Time can help you diligently pursue what matters most at

think-time.com.

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