I have dedicated my life for many years to helping people achieve more than they ever thought was possible. In the past ten years, we have seen people work harder and longer. Retiring at 65 years of age just is not “a thing” anymore. Take a look at your local chain stores and you’ll find more and more seniors still being part of the work force. Unfortunately, the pay hasn’t kept pace with our efforts, and we often excel at the expense of our health, relationships, and even free time. Our stress has increased, and our health has decreased.
There are a few tips I want to share with you on how to reduce your workload while increasing your results at the same time. Yes – it is possible.
- REDUCE YOUR TASK LIST: First, if you have an assistant make sure you don’t mind delegating. Just taking even one task off your plate will give you an amazing sense of relief.
You shouldn’t work in the order the tasks arrive in your inbox or by who screams the loudest. Remain flexible at all times, realizing that priorities can shift on the fly and something can suddenly take higher priority than the ones that were high on your list earlier that same day. Be flexible and stop thinking that it is a “must do it now” list. If possible, focus on the things that are going to have a long-term consequence for you and then delegate the lower priority items to your assistant.
- CUT BACK ON YOUR OBLIGATIONS: You have to have the time to do those items on your to-do list or it becomes your “won’t get done list” and that does wonders for beating down your self-confidence and feelings of self-worth!
- SAY NO ONCE IN AWHILE: It is perfectly acceptable to say no. What MATTERS, is HOW you say it. If you can follow up a, “no” with an action step/idea that will still get the results requested, even better! You have to have discernment and vision to make the right choices and determine when is the right time to say either, “yes”, or “not right now” or “no”.
- REDUCE DISTRACTIONS: Even as I’m writing this I had to intentionally, just now, shut down a few browser windows and turn off my email because it was too distracting. It took me about 20 minutes just to get to this spot in this article. That’s unacceptable. Be AWARE of your distractions and get rid of them.
- REDUCE ENERGY WASTE: If something is taking a lot of your energy, perhaps you’re going about it the wrong way. Don’t spend an hour doing something that should only take 15 minutes. Become aware of the things and situation that pull juice from your personal battery. Someone I know would say to me all the time when she was hungry, “my battery needs recharging. I have to stop.” You MUST realize you can only go so far until you have to recharge. Don’t push your car to see how far you can go with the ‘low fuel’ light on. Life doesn’t work out well when we continually operate in that manner.
- SLEEP, EAT, AND BE MERRY: Get plenty of sleep and rest, eat good food that is healthy for you and tasty. Tasty food brings a smile to our faces and our souls. And be happy. Make sure you are making the conscious choice each day to face the day with a smile.
Our mental, spiritual, and physical health do NOT have to take a back seat to our success. We can succeed AND have strong minds, hearts, bodies, and spiritual lives. Go forth and be filled with joy and purpose.