“I feel thin, sort of stretched, like butter spread over too much bread.”
─ Frodo, The Fellowship of the Rings, J. R. R Tolkien
Here's a quick suggestion for relieving that uneasy, exhausted, spread-too-thin feeling.
(Perhaps you even recognized the quote. Frodo was struggling to carry out a world-saving task that seemed far too big for his little hobbit body. More and more, he felt not just bone-tired, but soul-weary.)
Relief for that “spread too thin” feeling
Yesterday, a super-productive friend made me think of Frodo. She asked, “LinkedIn is having a big debate about whether people should use the phrase “I’m so busy” anymore. I found it very upsetting; it sounds like they are saying just don’t talk about the problem anymore. What’s your take on this?”
Well, people certainly shared lots of good ideas in the #ImSoBusy debate. Here’s just a few:
- People might not share opportunities (for work or fun!) if you seem overwhelmed
- We all need clear boundaries and priorities
- Clear, honest communication about those boundaries and priorities is always preferable
But I believe what’s missing from the #ImSoBusy debate: for many of us, the real problem is:
If you are “so busy” meeting vitally important goals, how do you keep from feeling “thin, sort of stretched?”
The best answers are based on your individual situation. My friend Roland Jarka came up with a fabulous one-minute idea to get you started on feeling less stretched and more energized. It completely respects your individual situation.
It’s called the Miracle Minute. I love seeing faces in my audience go from tense to relaxed, when I teach the Miracle Minute in my workshops. Many look years younger.
Roland Jarka’s delightful 5-minute video takes you through the Miracle Minute, and explains the reasons it works. It's definitely worth 5 minutes of your time. Check it out!
I’d love to hear how using the Miracle Minute helps you with your day. Add your comment and let me know!
— Beth Genly is the principal Burnout Recovery Mentor at Burnout Solutions, and co-author (with Dr. Marnie Loomis, ND) of Save Yourself from Burnout: A System to Get Your Life Back.