Do you make lists, on paper, on your phone and in your mind? And do you get a kick out of ticking off one item after another and feel rather awful when not getting things done? Addicted to actions.
I certainly feel very satisfied ticking off my to-dos.
Before adding anything to your list, ask yourself if the chosen action serves your goals in the best possible way.
By running errands, setting up meetings, lunches and coffees I feel oh so very busy. But are my actions actually serving me? I can end up feeling very, short term, satisfied for having an action pact day, giving me a false pretense that I have achieved something.
I have come to the conclusion that, more often than I wish, my actions don’t serve my goals. Upon closer scrutiny I realize that many of the activities causing my busyness did not take me closer to my dreams, this typically leaves me with a foggy mind, it blurs my vision, I don’t think straight. My mind is not as sharp as it could be.
This is not a coincidence as I have overloaded my frontal cortex and put myself in a complete fight or flight mode. An un-focused mind is not an optimal mind.
So, what to do? Stop and think, take that extra second before taking action. Ask yourself does this serve me well? Or, should I perhaps take another path? Many choices in our lives are binary, yes or no, do or don’t. Don’t be a junkie and make sure to take control of your actions.