Rumi, a 13th century Persian Sunni Muslim poet once said,
“The art of knowing, is knowing what to ignore.”
As a business coach, I focus on being productive in a mindful way.
There’s one thing that I consistently work on with all my clients; a major aspect in their personal and business life:
Know your 3 main priorities for the next 3 months, and ignore the rest.
I know it’s not an easy task to do.
And it’s not sexy – actually suggesting doing less – particularly in time we identified constantly with doing and achieving more.
In reality, if you strive to have balanced life you cannot work on all of your priorities at the same time. And you don’t have too!
One critical exercise you can do to figure out your priorities is to think about all the aspects of your life and what’s most important to you right now.
Maybe you want to work on things like self-care, your career, and creativity for 3 months or one year. Then the next few months or year you might want to prioritize relationships, spirituality, and finances.
Today we have longer life spans and most of us don’t want to retire and do nothing. People create apps at 82, and start yoga practices at 60. We have time to do a lot of different things! And we need to give ourselves permission to slow down, get to know ourselves, and decide what to ignore so we can have more focus and clarity in life.
Check out my Slow Down Retreat, a 3-hour workshop to create life and change busy to productive.
Time is a choice.
Everyday you make tons of decisions around how you spend your time, but knowing your priorities helps make sure that you’re spending your time on what’s important to you at this point in your life.
This means you stop saying, ‘I don’t have time,’ and you start saying, ‘It’s not my priority.’
Choosing 3 priorities is a profound and simple way of staying productive in a mindful way without burning out.
At first it may feel that you are not doing enough, but I guarantee you are. I’ve seen it many times with my clients when they end up with more focus on specific tasks and priorities, which in the long run makes them feel more productive.
And then somehow your life is filled with more dinners with friends, morning meditations, and even poetry reading in the bathroom! (If that’s important to you! Hey, you do you.)
Know your priorities and ignore the rest.
Rumi knew it long time ago.