We live in a world where busyness is the norm. Before most people place their feet on the floor, they have a slew of items on their mental “things to do lists” that fight for their attention. Many get out of bed and dash through their daily routines, oftentimes functioning on automatic. They move from item to item, neglecting to take time for reflection or gratitude. Some people promise themselves that they will make time to slow down and enjoy the small things in life, but just when they set their minds to do so, something else captures their attention.
How can one person continue to run at such a pace and keep his sanity? How can he fulfill the excessive demands of life? How can he be everything to everybody on a daily basis?
If you are one of the unfortunate souls caught in this quandary, you need to make an immediate change. Force yourself to take a few minutes each day for self-reflection. Stop at some point during the day to say “thank you” for something you appreciate. Prioritize things you need to do, and do what you can, realizing that leaving a few things undone won’t cause the world to evaporate. Delegate whenever possible. And most importantly, don’t be afraid to say no. Sometimes people take on too much because they’re afraid to use that two-letter word.
Implementing a few of these strategies (and others like them) can ease the burdens of life. So stop stressing yourself and begin putting some of these things into action. Cut back on the number of things you do and replace them with quality things instead. Given time, you may be amazed at the difference.