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As if getting things done isn’t hard enough – we’re additionally told to do our daily tasks and jobs mindfully. This is a very common approach but what is so cool about „mindfulness“? I think there are some good points in it but we should not forget that there are other things like awareness. Ok, it’s proven now that multi-tasking doesn’t work but to bow exclusively to mindfulness certainly isn’t the solution for a healthy and productive life for anyone. Especially, if you are such a fidgety person like me. I love doing various things simultaneously and can’t sit still for longer than 20 minutes. Once I tried zen-meditation, and I had the 3 hardest minutes of my life (lol) although I thought I sat there for half an hour minimum. Another approach would be practicing awareness which is similar but not quite the same as mindfulness.
The FiDgeter’s Problem
You are usually told that you should work on a task until it is finished. The mere thought of this scares me! I adore people who can focus on one task for longer than 20 minutes and get the particular task done at once. I have to split up and vary my tasks or they won’t get done at all. In addition, I’m told to be more mindful…
Don’t get me wrong, I think mindfulness is a good thing and living in the now is very important. The biggest problem for a fidgety person like me is that if you just aren’t able to focus for a long time-span then you end up blaming yourself for not finishing your task. The result is that you feel bad and your self-esteem decreases because you think the others can do it easily. So, I established some routines that help me finishing my tasks and fit my unique style of doing things.
3 Proven Tips for Getting Things Done Mindfully For Fidgeters
1. Remove Some Tasks and Get More Done
The oddest routine is to remove some tasks that are not quite so urgent from you daily to-do-list. Sounds strange but it works very well! Cross-out some tasks until you have three tasks left per day. Manage the three tasks and after that you can add some new tasks but just one or two. Repeat this for about three days and you will feel better because you have accomplished your to-dos. This sets up your mind for success and trains your brain to focus on things. Then you can expand this focus easily and are prone to getting more things done.
2. Create a Drop-List
You can do what you want but you cannot do all at once because you only have limited time resources. Period.
If you want to do too much at a time and tend to getting overwhelmed, it helps to create a drop-list where you can put all the things that you cannot do in e.g. the current month. As a result you get more things done while training your focus.
3. Take Breaks Often to get more things done
Especially, if you cannot sit quietly then your productivity improves with taking a lot of breaks. Small breaks of five minutes can be sufficient. Just stand up and take a deep breath or grab a cup of coffee before you return to your task. The Pomodoro Technique is a good tool to track your breaks and help you with your time-management. In my experience, the focus increases enormously with this technique and I get more things done! Give it a try and feel free to share your experiences in the comment section!
Stress-Prevention to get things done
These three tips help you to stay on track with your focus and get your things done mindfully as well. At least as mindful as possible for fidgeters like me 😉
Additionally, these routines can prevent stress and negative feelings like fear of failure as well as negative self-talk. Your confidence increases because you get your things done.
I highly recommend implementing routines that work into your daily workflow and don’t draw too much attention on how all the others do their work. If you are happy with focusing on a task until it is ready that’s perfectly fine. If you have to break the task down or vary it with other tasks, that’s fine too! Then mindfulness and awareness will come naturally and you are far less stressed because you get your things done.
Doing things mindfully is a good thing as long as you don’t force yourself towards mindfulness. Accept yourself if you are a day-dreamer or a fidgeter and don’t restrict your thoughts just because mindfulness is go-go.
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