DAY 3: What to do About Overwhelm

Some of us are just plain efficient. We can order groceries, talk to our mom, and schedule a vet appointment—all while picking up the kids from school.

But have you ever wondered how much stress this hectic pace adds to our lives?

In Day 3 of the 7-day Oola Challenge, I want to propose something revolutionary: instead of adding one thing to your day, take something away.

Instead of adding an extra errand on the way to that meeting, delete that errand—and arrive calm, poised and focused on why you’re there.

Become a Laser Beam, Not a Flashlight:

Today’s world offers infinite opportunities to become overwhelmed and waste time. Hanging out on social media, watching TV, spending unnecessary time on the phone—these are time bandits that will rob you of your future. Also disrupting your day are those “urgent” things that come up, like finding last-minute supplies for your child’s homework project or planning an impromptu birthday party at work—squirrels you simply don’t need to be chasing. 

These things will keep you from focusing on your larger goals and creating a balanced life. So how about considering instead what your life would look like if you unplugged more, volunteered less, and simply said “no.”

Instead of over scheduling and working on a broad array of tasks, you could focus your time and energy—like a laser-beam—on just those things that will get you closer to your goal.

So here’s today’s challenge: instead of adding one thing, take something away. Become a laser beam instead of a flashlight.

Are you willing to try it? Just for a day? When you do, comment below and share your biggest benefit with me: feeling less stressed, more time for a home-cooked dinner, quality conversation with your kids, or something else. 

Then, be sure to join me for tomorrow’s challenge: a new kind of “diet” that will revolutionize your life and create more time than ever to focus on your goals. Until then, be a laser beam, not a flashlight.

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