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As a recovering workaholic, whenever the pressure is on it is always tempting for me just to work harder, longer and stronger! The problem with this is that the more I work, the more likely it is I’ll end up burnt out and broken down (again)! Being effortlessly productive is a much better option for both your stress levels and your creative problem solving capacity. Here’s a few ways to achieve this zone whenever you need to… The art of ‘action without action’ Lao Tse, an ancient Chinese philosopher practiced Wu Wei – the art of ‘action without action’. Sounds confusing, it's simple! The idea of this practice is to get the conscious mind out of the way, so that your creative source can work its magic! When you put your body into the ‘exercise high’ state, you are effectively practicing Wu Wei! Many business people don’t find the time for exercise because they don’t understand the benefits.
Over the past week we’ve been experimenting with setting priorities. Each morning we discuss or email our top 3 essential priorities for the day so that we can be more focused on what matters and more accountable for achieving results. Here’s what's been noticed so far: We each always have more than 3! If there is one ‘biggie’ on the list everything else falls out the window. Some things seem to spill over day after day. A lot of things get done which aren’t even on the list!! We are still working crazy hours. Something's not quite working here!! Do any of these challenges sound familiar? In the interests of achieving more outcomes that matter, let's fine tune the strategy... Set timeframes for each item – once the allotted time is up, its time to move on – finished or not! (This sure makes you think about how realistic your expectations are!) Delegate more.