Do you feel that you're stretched too thinly? Are you spending too much time working on other people's priorities?
If you answered yes to either of these questions, you are not alone. It's not unusual to be busy, but are you busy doing the right things?
All too often, people fill their days with commitments, projects and things that, ultimately, aren't all that important. As a result, they're left feeling drained, stressed and overworked.
To really make an impact, you need to focus intensely on the things that are the most essential in your life. You may think that this is easier said than done, but our Book Insight on "Essentialism," by Greg McKeown, shows you how to weed out unnecessary tasks, so that you can achieve more by doing less.
In this audio clip, taken from our review, we hear McKeown’s tips for saying no gracefully.
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I clearly remember one specific situation that led me to ponder motivation. I passed by the secondary school where students were having P.E. outside. They were doing laps, the teacher barking orders at them, and I noticed one was lagging
I've just posted another comment about being stretched to thin! As I said, I practice extreme self-care to help me get some of the bounce-ability / stretch-ability back. Yet, to answer the question about what would I focus on, the answer would still be self-care because without taking care of me and my well-being, I am unable to do anything else effectively. This includes my ability to work well, to spend quality time with friend and all the other stuff I do.