You see, I am the treadmill queen. I was the one who was always running around on the treadmill looking at the next task that is yet to be done, and being totally freaked out about completing what I was currently working on, so I could get to what’s next, thinking the sky was gonna fall in if I didn’t get to the next activity ‘on time’..
Everything had to work like clockwork for me, at a great expense to me. My blood pressure went up quite often and I landed in the hospital a few times dealing with the stress I had allowed to build up in my body. It wasn’t good, though I was really ‘productive’. So when I started my own business, naturally I brought that same ‘productive’ approach with me: “clockwork baby, let’s get this done!”.
I produced a lot of things on my own before hiring assistance. I just thought that was the only way that I could be productive. But one day that led to a wake up call. I had a small clot pass through my brain. I was totally debilitated on the left side of my body. Basically was unable to walk in a proper upright gait and had to learn to use my left hand in many ways again. That truly was a wake up call for me. I discovered a lot of things as a result.
Naturally, I slowed down. I realized that if I didn’t, something else was going to give. It was going to be me! Not the task. I had to face that. I had to listen to my body. I slowed down and started paying attention. As a result , there were a lot of programs that I was able to develop that help others to overcome their stress levels challenges, and debilitating factors that they were facing in their lives.
Now I want to share some of the things with you that I discovered that I feel will help you take control of your day and reduce your stress.
The first thing I discovered was that how I viewed time was really causing me a lot of stress. Inevitably when I had a task or several tasks to do, my goal was always getting through that task and getting through it on time to get to the next one.
Even though those were timelines that I set up for myself, it didn’t matter. I’d worked to stay in integrity with myself each time I set a goal, but I would project that it would be terrible, if I didn’t meet the timelines, and that the ‘sky would fall’ if I didn’t meet the timeline. Though I still do get my tasks done now on time, it is with tremendous ease. I now view my time as abundant, and I refuse to project into the future butI focus instead on the task at hand. I view my time as flexible rather than fixed.