Do you find it hard to create peace and tranquility within the busyness of your daily life? I know I do! If I let myself, I can let days/ weeks/ months go by where it seems like all I do is try to keep up. Laundry, dishes, cooking, cleaning, grocery shopping, paying bills, filling orders, the list goes on and on and it can consume each and everyday if I let it.
I'd like to share with you some ways I try to intentionally create peace in my busy days. Does this mean I do this everyday? I wish I could say yes, but the truth is some days I forget, or somedays I have a hard time pulling myself away from my list (I'm a Virgo, I LOVE a good list!) of things I "need" to do. When I find myself slipping into old patterns of "not enough time" I try to remember to make sure I am adding rocks to my jar first. What does that mean? It is a great analogy about time management called "The rocks, pebbles and sand story" I will copy and paste it so you can read it for yourself:
A teacher walks into a classroom and sets a glass jar on the table. He silently places 2-inch rocks in the jar until no more can fit. He asks the class if the jar is full and they agree it is. He says, “Really,” and pulls out a pile of small pebbles, adding them to the jar, shaking it slightly until they fill the spaces between the rocks. He asks again, “Is the jar full?” They agree. So next, he adds a scoop of sand to the jar, filling the space between the pebbles and asks the question again. This time, the class is divided, some feeling that the jar is obviously full, but others are wary of another trick. So he grabs a pitcher of water and fills the jar to the brim, saying, “If this jar is your life, what does this experiment show you?” A bold student replies, “No matter how busy you think you are, you can always take on more.” “That is one view,” he replies. Then he looks out at the class making eye contact with everyone, “The rocks represent the BIG things in your life – what you will value at the end of your life – your family, your partner, your health, fulfilling your hopes and dreams. The pebbles are the other things in your life that give it meaning, like your job, your house, your hobbies, your friendships. The sand and water represent the ‘small stuff’ that fills our time, like watching TV or running errands.” Looking out at the class again, he asks, “Can you see what would happen if I started with the sand or the pebbles? There would be no room for the rocks!"
Isn't that such a great way to think about how we spend our time and what is really important?! I've read that you should never have more then 5 rocks in your jar at a time. "If you try to do everything you will accomplish nothing" is the quote that comes to mind. I even find 5 can be a little overwhelming. Because I like odd numbers I try to have 3 main rocks. Right now my 3 are: 1. Family 2. Personal Care (you can not get water from an empty well!) I find that when I start my day intentionally with personal care I am much more productive and generally happier. 3. Grow my Business/ Inspire Others
Some ways that I like to bring peace and joy into my mornings/ days so that I don't loose sight of my "rocks" are the following:
1. Meditate. I like the app Calm (I am not endorsed, nor do I get anything for recommending this app! I just really like it!) It's a guided meditation, 15 min or less depending which one you choose for the day. The woman's voice is nice and I like the birds/ water in the background.
2. Take a walk, short or long, fast or slow, there are really no rules. Preferably I like to walk on the beach for leisure/ inspiration, and on the roads for exercise. Getting outside and walking, even for 10 min, can help change my mood and give me some needed energy for the day.
3. Do something I find relaxing. This one is the hardest for me! I don't sit still well. Some of favorite "relaxing" activities include; reading, paddle boarding, sitting on the beach (walking on the beach looking for shells, or reading).
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I would love to hear some of the ways that you bring peace into your busy days! Email me at: email@example.com