INSIDE: This post is a guest post by Annika from Alles Anni. In it, she’s sharing how slowing down helps you to get more done. Discover the power of choosing single-tasking over multi-tasking and free yourself from the pressure of trying to do it all. Let’s dive in!
Is looking at your to-do list enough to make you want to go back to bed?
Maybe it’s time to slow down!
I tried to do it all, preferably on my own, until nothing worked anymore. I did the household and constantly felt trapped in a hamster wheel. I couldn‘t enjoy spending time with our son, doing “nothing” and by the end of the day, my to-do list was still a mile long. I was constantly exhausted and the house was a mess. I wanted time for myself and for friends. I thought the solution to this problem was doing even more.
How wrong I was.
One day, I sat down and got honest with myself. My strategy wasn‘t getting me to where I wanted to be. I want a clean and inviting home that would immediately relax us when stepping in. But the contrary was true.
I was running around all day, exhausted and annoyed by all the tasks that had to be done and that I didn‘t like and that never seemed to have an end. Whenever I started one task, it felt like it was waiting for me again right around the corner.
This had to change. I had to change.
First of all, I let go of feeling bad. I forgave myself for using the wrong strategies. Then, I let go of things. Of all the clothes I didn‘t wear, of all the things I didn’t use and of all the decorations that were taking up space without lighting me up.
After that, it was time to change the strategy…
I loved starting things but I hated sticking to one thing. So much needed to be done. So, I did things all day. Starting ten and finishing none. I changed my behaviour and started to do one thing at a time, with all my focus and attention until the very end.
In the beginning, I noticed a great feeling of discomfort and unrest. When I was ironing clothes, I wanted to feed the cats, take out the trash and what not. But I kept standing at the ironing board, feeling itchy, ironing and folding all items. All items were put away afterwards. Then, I put away the ironing board. Gosh, that was hard! But the living room was free of anything that doesn‘t belong in a living room, just by checking one single task off my list. Multitasking and rushing doesn’t get you anywhere.
Next time you‘re feeling overwhelmed and want to go straight back to bed just by thinking of your to-do list, STOP. Sit down and breathe. Inhale. Exhale. Repeat. How can you slow down and what will you get out of it?
Choose single-tasking for a calmer mind…
When slowing down think about one single task that needs to be done today. Preferably, choose the one that has the biggest impact on your home. My go-to is always mopping the floor (ignore the dusty countertops and the bathroom), loading up the dishwasher or simply making the beds. Concentrate on this one task and don‘t bother your brain with anything else.
When you think about the ten things that need to be done and work on five things simultaneously, your mind is stressed-out, which will translate to your body. By slowing down and focusing on ONE single thing, you can think clearly and keep your good heart rate.
Focus for less mistakes…
This goes along with single-tasking. By running around the house like crazy, doing five things simultaneously, you’ll forget what you wanted to do, drop that cup, and hit your toe on the bedpost. Put all your focus and attention to only thing at a time. Take your time to complete the task. This way, you will improve the quality of your work. It will also keep mistakes and mishaps at bay.
Prepare to avoid fatigue…
If you are suffering from decision fatigue, you can plan your tasks one day or even a week in advance. Think about all the things that need to be done daily and weekly and write them down. Now, re-think all to-dos. Is every single task necessary? If not, cross them out!
Then, prioritise your list. The tasks with the biggest positive impact on your home go first, followed by the rest. Make sure to fill your day only with the important daily tasks and then add the weekly tasks. Try not to add more than one weekly task to each day.
By planning you can also make sure not to forget anything and things are things are always done better, when you are prepared to do them. If you’ve ever bought a present in the eleventh hour, you’ll know what I mean!
By slowing doing, you will actually be getting more done and you will do high-quality work. You will be able to think more clearly and you will react in a more friendly and relaxed way. Sit down, drink your cup of tea and then finish that one task.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
My name is Annika, but close friends call me Anni. I’m 30 years old, a part-time working mum, living in the north of Germany and an absolute music lover. It’s my mission to help you reduce the overwhelm and get back into the life you so love. Whether it’s about improving your home, your personal development, mindset work, or using the Enneagram to improve your life and relationships – count me in!
Slowing down to accomplish more…
Thank you so much for this post, Annika! It’s so tempting to try to do it all but this is such a great reminder that we don’t need to. It’s actually far better to slow down and focus on and tackle just one thing at a time.
If you’ve ever felt pressured by your to-do list and all the things you think you need to do, hopefully this post gives you the permission you need to set yourself free. Next time you start to feel overwhelmed, do exactly as Annika says. Stop. Breathe. And just choose one task. You’ve got this!
That’s it for this post! Does slowing down stop you from feeling overwhelmed by trying to do it all? Has this post encouraged you to give single-tasking a try? Let me know in the comments!
Until next time…
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