After a downright cold Colorado Spring and recovering from a nasty virus, I was eager to start my summer with many things on my list. Hiking, biking, backpacking, gardening, outdoor concerts, picnics, mountain trips, reconnecting with friends and family, painting, and various home projects just to name a few… I started to feel overwhelmed and even panicked about getting it all done, before I came to the realization that I didn’t have the time or energy for it all. I needed to recalibrate.
We recalibrate to determine what is most important by changing the way we think or feel about something and it starts with the expectations we create. Here are 3 simple steps to recalibrate:
1. Slow Down.
This is completely counter-intuitive when you feel you have so much to do, but when you measure your value by how much you get done, there is no winning because it will never be enough. Slow down to get out of your head and connect with your heart to remember what matters most.
Everything you do and want to do at work and home is important, but it’s not all the most important. Decide in order what is most important to you, not what you have always done, what anyone else thinks, or what you think you should be able to do, but what you know to be true.
3. Do less.
Doing less is the only way you can truly engage in everything you do choose to do. When you are running around like a crazy person wondering how you will ever get it all done and why you are so tired, you are busy, not engaged.
You recalibrate not to give up experiences, but to enrich your experiences that matter most. As I continue to scale back my list (daily), I experience more joy and gratitude in all I choose to do, (like helping my husband in the garden) instead of just checking it off the list. This is why you recalibrate for your Well-Being.