I made a tactical error during a speaking engagement last week. See, I was invited to speak to about 50 healthcare professionals on how to reduce stress, get more organized, and reduce the crazies that happen in normal day.
My Make Some Room Manifesto seemed like the perfect thing to talk about. So, I did. And here’s how I started my talk:
“I want to share 20 ways you can reduce stress, get more organized and create some room in your life to breathe…”
Do you see my error?
I think all the air was sucked from the room when I used the number 20.
Can we collectively say OVERWHELMED??
Thankfully, at the end of my talk, a woman asked which 1 of the 20 I would choose.
I told her I’d choose the “Two minutes now saves hours later.” It applies for everything. Two minutes to:
- File papers away
- Take a breath
- Tidy up your desk
- Close your eyes
- Return a call
- Have a difficult conversation
- Stretch your body
- Delete emails
- Create a routine (for example: keys, purse, phone – same place, every day)
If I could turn back time, though, I’d say to her and the whole group right away, “Choose ONE thing out of this list of 20 things. Commit to the one thing and see how it changes your life.”
You don’t need a 20-step program. You don’t even need 20 tips or 20 ideas.
What you need is one thing you commit to that will make your life feel happier, more expansive, less exhausting, less frantic, or that stops the day-to-day crazies.
So, if you could pick ONE thing to do to make some room in your life, your brain, or your schedule, what would you pick? What one thing can you commit to?
I’d love to know…
Make Some Room,