Episode 47 | (00:08):
Hey there, friend — Welcome to Simple Saturdays. On Wednesday's show, episode 46, I talked about a surprising way to increase your midlife productivity. And it was about relaxing to go faster, to be more productive, to get stuff done.
Because when you're relaxed, you can get into "flow" or, as athletes call it, "in the zone." Now I've got to tell you, I've never gotten into flow when I was stressed or anxious or tense. Every single time it's happened, it was when I was in a relaxed state. I was looking forward to getting into this project. I was looking forward to diving in and getting things done.
Now I want to be clear, I'm not saying you can get into flow for every single thing you do. Because I know you're thinking, "But Michelle, what if it's something I don't like doing? What if I'm actually dreading this task or this activity?"
My advice: Go faster. You want to go even faster to get it done as quickly as possible so you can move on to something you do like. I mean, good heavens, why would you wanna prolong the pain and suffering of doing a task or activity that you don't like?
For example, I've been doing QuickBooks for nearly 25 years. It's a part of my business that I have to do in order to pay my taxes and keep track of my vendors and all that good stuff. You would think that after 25 years I would be really good at it, but am I? Nope, not so much.
I'm getting better at it. I'm more efficient with it than I was at the beginning, but this is certainly not a task that I look forward to. I will say that I do have an excellent bookkeeper who has the patience of Job and keeps me out of trouble every single year. (Thank you, Joan!)
But in general, I've got to admit I'm really not that good at it. It doesn't interest me, and I don't know that I'll ever get really, really great at it.
But let me tell you what I am good at. I am very good at getting into a relaxed state to do QuickBooks. That's the part that I'm really good at because I know that when I'm relaxed, my muscles are soft. They're pliable. I'm not tensing up and I'm not stressed as I'm doing this thing I don't like doing, that I'm not good at doing.
I don't even think about that anymore. What I think about is getting and staying focused for 25 to 30 minutes at a time because I know that's how I work best with this task. I use the three steps I told you about in Wednesday's episode, episode 46.
I get it done and afterward, I don't feel exhausted. I feel accomplished and refreshed and so thrilled that I got it done so fast so I don't have to mess with it anymore.
If you haven't listened to episode 46 yet, it's titled "Tired Of Not Having Enough Time? Learn A Surprising Yet Simple Way To Increase Midlife Productivity." Go back and listen to that. I think you're really going to like it, and it's going to help you with those tasks that you like and the tasks that you don't like, all right?
So that's it for today. Until the next episode, peace, love and blessings to you and yours. Take care. Bye-bye!