The end of 2013 was rough: Producing, launching, and promoting The 60 Seconds Fix tested my tools like never before. While I was busy inspiring greater peace and balance through 60 Seconds, I lost mine. The loss was brief but intense, and I can still see how I continue to learn from the experience. In fact, a lot of learning is happening in 2014, all while I receive such positive feedback from all of you regarding beautiful changes brought on from the utilization of 60 Seconds. Thank you for your inspiring shares, and for getting the book on Amazon’s bestseller list! Most importantly, without the specific tools of 60 Seconds, I know I could have ended up in far worse shape and remained there longer. I pushed myself to the brink of disaster by engaging in something our brains are NOT hardwired to do: MULTITASK! I know this is hard to believe, so please read for yourself: ‘What Multitasking Does To Our Brains’
Listen, I hear you! We feel pride when we rattle off all the things we can do at one time. Of course we can multitask. We do it everyday! Well, yes, we can and we do, but we need to know the high price we pay for this way of living. The research is clear, and believe me, from my recent experience, I can tell you it’s true! Though 60 Seconds failed me NOT, having to handle too many high-pressured situations and deadlines all at the same time mounted to an exorbitant amount of stress that left me sick for months.
I hope not one of you needs to go through the wake up call I just had. I hope you will read for yourself, or take my word for it when I say that focusing on one thing at a time is what comes most naturally to us. It not only feels good, but also leads to beautiful results the first time. I am convinced that, in the end, focusing on one thing at a time saves us time and money. Read Daniel Goleman’s latest book, Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence for more convincing information on the subject. For now, simply consider the following 3 tips:
- Prioritize only 2 things for the day that absolutely need to get done. I’m not kidding: a to-do list with only 2 items. Once that short list is done, please practice noticing the good feelings you get from accomplishing what was most important. If it feels good to move to another item that same day, then do.
- While working on your items, build neural pathways for greater focus and better results just by asking yourself a simple question: “Can I feel my feet on the ground?” To answer the question, you need to notice whether or not you can. If you cannot, please know how normal that is given how stressed we are living the way we do. Simply wiggle your toes. Shift your weight back and forth from one foot to the other until you can feel more support from steady ground beneath you. This lowers your blood pressure, keeps your nervous system calm, and increases productivity over time.
- As you continue to work on your items, as often as you can, ask yourself, “Am I breathing in through my nose?” In order to answer the question, once again you need to notice. You may notice that you’ve stopped breathing entirely. We do from time to time. You may notice that you are breathing in through your mouth. This is how we breathe when we are stressed. Becoming more aware of ourselves allows us to make small shifts that powerfully give us the better feeling we need to do well what we need to do. These are the simple mechanics of the brain. Simple, easy, and scientifically proven to keep us healthier longer.