how to live life effortlessly
Posted February 5, 2011on:
Sometimes we feel we need to do more to be productive. We have to work really, really hard and “effort” through it. Work! Hyyyyahhh!!
But, in fact, we *think* we need to do more. No, literally – we spend so much time thinking about what we need to do that something quite simple becomes really laborious. Take, for example, cleaning. “Oh, I need to clean the house.” Or, “Oh, I need to clean my filing cabinet.” Or, “Oh, I need to exercise.”
The mental pattern is what exhausts us – usually, an act in and of itself is simple.
- Keep a small pad of paper by you. Every time you think of a “should” item such as the above, write it down. Then, when it resurfaces, put hash or check marks next to it. Become aware of how often you think these thoughts.
- If possible, do them immediately. If not, then let yourself off the hook until you can do them – and then do it ASAP.
“Effort” is not about the work- it’s about our perception of it. Make your life easier.