I used to force myself to do things a certain way all the time. I had no idea what it was like to get into energetic flow. I was constantly looking for a way to get more done in less time. The housework was always piling up, the kids always needed my attention, and my business was not getting the attention it deserved.
I had to make a shift and acknowledge the fact that I am different than most people. Specific routines don’t work for me. To-Do lists put me into an overwhelming spiral and nothing got done.
I began to see a pattern in my routine that allowed me to get into my energetic flow! Mornings are my cleaning times, nap time is my learning time, and after the kids go to bed is my creative time. I don’t have specific times or blocks for when I do specific activities.
If you’re someone looking for a different way to do things, try out these seven tips that I use to get into energetic flow.
1. Pay attention to the flow of your day.
What do you usually do every single day? How can you use that to your advantage? We often try to manipulate the day so much that we veer way off course and get nowhere near our set intentions.
2. Throw out the to-do list!
They’re not for everyone. My to-do list was PAGES long because I was taught to write down every little thing. For example, wash one load of dishes, put away one load of dishes, wash one load of laundry, switch laundry to the dryer, etc. I think you get the idea. It was taught this way because it allows you to check more off throughout the day. My mind went into overwhelm and then I ended up on the couch doubting myself.
If to-do lists don’t work for you, that’s okay. There are other ways to manage your tasks throughout the day that don’t require you to constantly think about what you have to do. For example, If I have an important task that HAS to be done by a certain time, it goes into my calendar on my phone with an alarm. Otherwise, it gets done when I get to it.
3. If there’s no energy for something that you absolutely need to do, do one thing.
When the dishes are piled up so high that they’re falling out of the sink, but you’re overwhelmed because there are too many, wash one dish. If this simple action doesn’t allow you to tap into your energetic flow to get all the dishes done, wash one more dish every time you go by the dishes. At some point, you’ll either get an energy surge or you will have walked by so many times that the dishes will be complete. Either way, you’ve made progress.
4. Take a random bath or shower.
Anytime I wash away the gunk from the previous day, my energy surges and my mind goes on a tangent. Sometimes it gives me inspiration for a blog post, a video, or pieces for my book. I always leave the shower or bath with new inspiration and refreshed energy.
5. Brain dump.
When you can’t get your mind to quiet down long enough to get anything done, dump it out. There are many different ways to journal and it’s important to find the way of journaling that best fits you. If you’re like me and your mind goes 100 words per second, but you can only write 5 words per second, you might have better luck with voice memos. I open the voice memo app on my phone and say anything and everything that comes to mind. If anything important comes through, I write it down so I don’t have to listen to the entire brain dump to remember what I actually needed to hear. We think 60,000 thoughts in a day and usually only remember a portion of them. It’s okay to clear your mind to make space for what you REALLY want.
6. Give yourself grace.
More than likely, you’ve been taught that everything has to be done a certain way and if you do anything different then you’re weird. Little secret, it’s okay to be weird. It’s okay to do everything differently than what you were taught. When you do choose the new path, things will get uncomfortable and you will fall down and fail many times. Get back up, dust yourself off, and keep moving forward. Sooner or later you will find exactly what works for you. Be patient with yourself.
7. Do what YOU want.
If housework isn’t what you want to do today, THAT’S OKAY. There will ALWAYS be housework to do. What do you really want to do at this moment? Do you want to write? Do it! Want to read a book? Do it! Want to paint a picture? Do it! Whatever it is that you want to do… do it. Life is too short to be doing what you don’t want to do, so do what YOU want.
If these seven tips felt right for your life, I created the Inner CEO challenge to help you hone in on what YOU really want to do.
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