Giving Myself Permission to do NOTHING

Life has been busy for me lately with the re:design and content development of my web site, writing and recording podcasts, writing blog posts as well as seeing clients and all of the administration that comes with owning my own business.  I just took training on Twitter and Linked-in and feel a bit overwhelmed with all I have to do.  I absolutely love it all and feel on track with everything but the volume of work at times seems a bit over the top.

On Tuesday, I felt scattered, had low energy and was really foggy in my thinking.    As I looked at the things I wanted to get done on my “to do”  list, phone calls, emails, banking, content development, editing podcasts etc. as well as writing my speech for Toastmasters, I felt at a loss for where to begin. I knew that I needed to do something otherwise my day would be struggle.

I got quiet for a moment, took an intentional breath and asked myself  “what can I do RIGHT NOW” to get myself on track.  The message I got from my “self” was loud and clear “do nothing”. I thought, “how can I take a break when I have so much to do”. Yet, I know from experience that I need to give myself permission to listen to my body and myself when I get these messages. So, I gave myself permission to “do nothing” i.e. not write my speech, not look on twitter or write a blog,  not do the banking and not respond to emails.  NOTHING!!!

I poured myself a cup of tea, put my feet up and turned on some relaxing music.  I did some intentional breathing and closed my eyes for a few moments.  What happened next for me is a testament to living in the moment.  I followed my energy and picked up a piece of paper to make some notes about what I wanted to do.  Before I knew it, I had  composed my speech for Toastmasters (outline and the content ready to be edited and polished).  From there, I got up, went to see a colleague next door and came across another colleague whom I had been meaning to contact.  We were able to reconnect and set up an appointment to meet. After that, I responded to emails and got MOST of the things completed on my list. It was all done easily and effortlessly.

If I would have pushed through I know it would have taken me 10 times longer.  This way, I took care of myself and got reenergized and before I knew it everything was done.

So next time you feel overwhelmed or are starting to feel like stress is beginning to build, ask yourself “What can I do RIGHT NOW” to feel better.  Then be quiet and listen to the messages and ACT ON THEM.  If you do, I bet you will be amazed at the results you achieve.

Take care all and I will blog with you later.


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