How to move mountains when the things going wrong?

How to move mountains when the things going wrong?

We like to plan our lives, our work week, our day and even our hours. It is a good and useful habit. But universal chaos and uncertainty don’t think so. Alas, we cannot foresee what cannot be foreseen, we cannot predict what will happen by chance. Chaos and uncertainty are definitely a hindrance to our life plans. Fortunately, there are ways to structure them, to learn to predict them, and to achieve great results in life.

A large study on this subject was conducted by the famous writer and blogger Leo Babauta. This man writes about techniques and methods that he has experienced on his own example, and is now ready to share his experience with everyone. He writes:

Sometimes our lives are so chaotic that we feel overwhelmed and unable to stay afloat. We seem to have no time for anything, to be too stressed, too distracted, undisciplined, and generally unworthy. And with all this burden we have to do important work. And trying to achieve great results. So how do you focus and do something meaningful when faced with chaos and overwhelm? I won’t say it’s easy. I face it every day. But my point is that it is possible. And not only is it possible, but it’s amazing – the chaos and uncertainty only makes your accomplishments more meaningful.

Let’s talk about how to embrace chaos and some key principles for dealing with it.

How to concentrate in chaos?

I’ll be honest with you: I feel stressed from the morning on, because I always feel like I’m already behind-I have a thousand things to do, and none of them have been done while I was asleep!

Eventually I decided to accept this feeling and even recognize it as a sign that I am deliberately stepping into the territory of something meaningful and uncertain. This feeling means that I am not safe.

I try to start the day with meditation. Sometimes I do one or two extra practices. During meditation, I try to accept the chaos and the need to attend to the business and emails that are piling up. It’s perfect: I sit with feelings of insecurity and overwhelm and use it in meditation.

Then I get to work. I point out that I want to sort through emails and messages before I tackle the meaningful task I had identified for myself the night before. Often I give in to this urge and delete a bunch of emails and messages. That’s okay – sometimes uncertainty catches me off guard. Yes, and “clearing the desk” has a tonic effect.

Then I tune in to accomplish a meaningful task. Sometimes this is difficult to do because of a lingering sense of chaos. Why do I need to focus on one thing when there are thousands of other things to do?

Because I want to get high results. I remind myself why this is important. I accept it with my heart, and reinforce my intention with my mind. Then I take away all the unnecessary stuff and create space for concentration.

And I begin.

Making real life Improvements

How can you make improvements when there are thousands of things to do? Any one of them seems pointless, because it hardly moves the whole mass of responsibilities from the dead point. Sometimes it feels like we’re just running around in circles or shoveling water in a pail – and making no progress at all. And at the same time, there’s so much going on around us.

Look, I get it. Sometimes things seem chaotic, scattered. It happens to me, too.

But there’s this Polichinelle secret to making real improvements: structure everything around you. Match at least one task today to your mission, and everything will go right. I do it like this:

today’s task -> weekly goals -> monthly goals -> quarterly goals -> yearly vision -> my mission.

It means that today’s main goal is aligned with the goals for the week (1-3 goals), which are aligned with 3-5 goals for the month, etc. If I do things (roughly) this way…things add up!

Of course, you’ll still feel confused, you’ll still feel like you’re pushing water in a pail or like you’ve been run over by a torrent of water. That feeling of chaos isn’t going anywhere. The secret is that even with that lingering feeling, you can still move mountains and create something meaningful. You just have to organize things properly.

It’s not magic, although sometimes it looks like it. There are times when a month goes by that seemed crazy and frantic… and then, at the end of the month, I do a monthly analysis, and I’m shocked at how well things have moved forward. Great! That’s just what I need.

The key principles

Here are a few key principles you need to make real improvements when you’re feeling down:

  1. Accept the chaos. It’s not a problem, just a feeling we don’t usually like. Learn to treat it as a condition for doing something meaningful. Or for life;
  2. Clear the table a little bit. It’s okay and right decision. Sometimes you want to sort through mail and messages before you take on an important task. That’s okay. Do it, respond to the most urgent ones, if you can get it done in 15-20 minutes. Throwing a few worries off your shoulders to feel a little more relaxed is not a bad idea. Just don’t devote all your free time to it;
  3. Organize all of your stuff. Set a goal for at least this month, but maybe a year. Or even longer. Once you’ve set your goals for the month, formulate weekly goals to move in that direction, and then a daily goal to achieve that weekly goal;
  4. Then focus. Take away everything unnecessary out of your eyes and your life. Focus on one task that will make that day a success. One task is enough, but if you get over two or three, bow down because you are a god;
  5. Observe the magic. At the end of each week, check to see if you’ve achieved your goals. At the end of the month, evaluate what was accomplished. It may still seem like nothing much is happening, but you may well notice that things are going quite well.

It’s all pretty simple strategy, but you need to remind yourself of it when the things seem to be going wrong.

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