Busy. It’s just how we are in today’s culture. Busy.
- With family obligations
- With volunteer work
- With Kid’s events
- With meetings of all kinds
- With 40-50-60 hour a week jobs
- With life!
The list of things that keep us busy is endless, but our time is not. It is limited. And yet we keep adding things to our ‘to do’ list as if more time is going to magically appear; another day is going to be added to the week.
It’s for this reason we often look up to see we are no closer to our goals than when we began the week / month / year.
Being busy kills dreams, goals, vision and yes…it can kill fun! It’s a poison that slowly increases in potency without us realizing it.
The antidote for the poison called ‘busy’ is ‘stillness’.
And like any antidote, we have to intentionally seek it out. So how do we seek out ‘stillness’ – with purposeful intention?
- Schedule it like an appointment
- Value it like it can save your life
- Prioritize it
While a quiet weekend of ‘stillness’ can do amazing things, even an hour every week or two can move you from overwhelmed to ‘I can do this’.
Quiet Your Mind
If quieting your mind is a challenge, here are a few tips that can help:
- No computers, phones or tv – no electronics
- Play soothing music quietly (this would be an exception to the no electronics rule!)
- Dim lights and use candles
- Diffuse essential oils (Frankincense, Clary Sage, Sandlewood, Lavendar)
- Drawing, coloring or doodling can help a wandering mind
With a quieted mind we can begin to listen. Pray or meditate – seeking insight, understanding, revelation or enlightenment. Have a journal or note paper on hand to capture thoughts, ideas and dreams.
Watch out for the squirrels! It’s not long before they come and distract our thoughts and pull focus from our purposeful pondering.
- Did I leave clothes in the dryer?
- Did my spouse remember to __________ (fill in blank)?
- What should I make for the potluck lunch at work tomorrow?
- Ketchup! I need to put ketchup on the grocery list!
- and so on and so on
I suggest a squirrel catcher! A place to capture (write down) these thoughts for tending to later.
Whether it is a weekend, a day or an hour that has been set aside to be still, meditate, and listen – the goal for this time is the same….
- FIRST – Think about and capture the things that are more important in your life right now
- What brings you joy?
- Family thoughts and dreams?
- Business goals and priorities
- SECOND – Think about the things that are keeping you busy or filling your time and list them
- What is adding chaos to your life?
- What is not serving you well at this time?
- THIRD – Use some of this quiet time to determine things you need to do ‘on purpose’ and things you need to stop doing ‘on purpose’
How often you take the time to be still and process your thoughts and observations is up to you.
- WEEKLY – take some quiet time to evaluate your upcoming week to be sure your calendar reflects your priorities
- MONTHLY – take some quiet time to look at the big picture time blocks to be sure they reflect your priorities
- QUARTERLY – take some quiet time to focus more on what your priorities are. Is it time to add new priorities, remove old priorities, de-clutter some chaos that has snuck in over time?
- Open up your calendar and schedule some quiet time (schedule it sooner than later!)
- Show up for the appointed time and follow the ‘take action’ steps above.
Need help? Let’s connect. Finding clarity is not a special skill or ability that some have and some do not. We all have everything within us to live on purpose, but sometimes we need help finding it! My passionate purpose is to help others sort and sift through the questions that lead them to the truths that already exist within them. Wanna chat?