Recently, I started tracking my time. I was inspired by a comment on a recent call with my coach, Isabel Parlett. It got me curious. Where does my day go? Am I living the Multidimensional Life I want to be living where those things that are important get the same attention as the urgent? Where there is some space in my day to breathe or think, or do both at the same time.
Whoa! This little experiment immediately snapped my head back into a mindset that had whips cracking and deadlines breathing down my neck. That is a familiar and, unfortunately, comfortable mindset. It’s a perfect illustration of a hamster wheel that resides in a very deep groove in my head and into which I can easily fall. It was constrictive. I’d rather my time be expansive.
I’ve done this type of exercise before: while I was still working in corporate, when I first left and started my business.
It never felt good. I don’t respond well to whips and things breathing down my neck.
This time was different.
I woke up from the wheel induced coma much quicker.
I paused to evaluate the results of this tracking.
I observed what got done and what didn’t.
I wasn’t thrilled with what I found.
Granted, I got a lot of tasks done. Work tasks, household tasks, personal tasks.
But do you see what was happening? Everything became a task. Just the word task has a certain crackling quality to it. It’s not onomatopoetic (you have to love that word!) but it may as well have been, because it sounded just like a bullwhip snapping close to my ear.
Important vs. Urgent
There was no space woven into my day. It was a race to the finish so that tangible results could be documented. List items could be checked off. I could hear the “good girl, Kathy” in the back of my head.
No! No! No! Get off the hamster wheel!!
Here’s what I know about life off the hamster wheel:
- We can still be productive.
- Thinking and dreaming are essential to a full and fulfilling life.
- Hard, tangible lists can be replaced with curiosity and creativity.
- The cracking whip can be replaced with an inner GPS check.
- We can get the urgent done while leaving space for the important.
The important is what is woven into a Multidimensional Life, what gives it its dimension and sparkle. It should be given the same priority as the urgent.
Actually, it should be given a higher priority so we’re sure to get to it.
Because often the urgent is easier than the important. That’s an interesting phenomenon, isn’t it? The edges of urgent are easily defined.
Set up a landing page for an offering? Easy. Yes, there are some tech challenges but there will be steps to follow. We figure it out.
Other things are not quite as simple. Get to the next chapter of my book. Ooh, now we’re in the amorphous world of “I don’t know what happens next.” Adding more movement/exercise to my day – also important. Not always simple steps to follow if I want to keep and loose and intuitive.
What’s important to you? What might your day feel like? Is there a creative project or a refresh of your day-to-day rhythms called for? What about noodling about a new business or retirement? There’s no real template so it’s hit or miss. It’s curiosity and practice. It’s not knowing and trusting.
It’s never an end result like an urgent task that has a starting and ending point and can be given a neat little check box that you tick off.
But it’s so very important.
The thrill of the process
It’s a process, a journey and guess what? That is where the good stuff is. That’s the juice, the thrill, the joy.
It’s messy and complicated and simple and fun all at the same time.
I know. This is what I am reminded of when I come out of my hamster wheel induced coma and remember what’s important.
That next chapter of the book. The garden dreams. My business. My clients. What I’m doing at this very moment.
Does this whet your appetite for your own Multidimensional Life? I hope so. I hope it gives you a yearning for what could be. That sensation of “I can taste it but I can’t put my finger on it…yet”. This is where I shine in helping you shine. Are you being called to do the work you’re called to do?
The other stuff will get done. This is the Multidimensional Life we all crave. And deserve.
I’d love to talk to you about getting you off your hamster wheel and into your Multidimensional Life. Click here to book a consult with me.
Wow, what resonance–those couple of sentences about the urgent being easier than the important, and the fact that the edges of urgent are easily defined. We’ve been so programmed to “be productive” that it’s very difficult to devote time and energy to a nebulous “something” that has no boundaries. Thank you for the reminder that everything worthwhile in life doesn’t need a box for a tick mark next to it!