Over the past several months I’ve been playing with my running form (and anyone that allows me to monkey with theirs). The questions I ask are: how can you relax more, and go faster? or go further? How can you put in less effort, yet get more out? How can you be more efficient?
Some days, it’s easy. Others, not so much.
The thing is, we often get in our own way.
We make things more complicated than they need to be.
We over think things, or “try harder” or push more when relaxing into it or slowing down or simply taking a deep breath would be easier and faster.
Recently, I’ve started to apply this principle to life in general.
How can I do less, yet get more done?
How can I relax into this – whatever this may be?
How can I be more efficient?
As a culture, we tend to push and multi-task and stay busy.
We resist slowing down. Go. Go. GO.
Let’s chuck that out the window for a moment.
The challenge: do less, and get more done.
Only have 15 minutes to exercise? Run, Dance, Jump, Move…. your ass off. As fast as you can. Do some stairs. Jump in place. Or go for a quiet walk, and let your mind wander (you never know what’ll show up).
Kids screaming at you or misbehaving? Relax. Do a monkey dance. Beat your chest. Laugh. Let the tension fade naturally.
Have a to-do list a mile long? FOCUS. One thing at a time – no multi-tasking, no web, no smart phone or email. Focus. Get one thing done completely and then move on. Go slow, to go fast.
How can you do less and get more done?
How can you be more efficient? In movement? In work? In life?
How can this be easier?
Ask yourself these questions as often as you can.
To a life less complicated.