Be Intolerant and Boost Your Productivity
For a couple of days at the beginning of last week, I felt completely unmotivated: more blob than human. One part of me wanted to market, work on my assignments, and generally be active and productive. But another, stronger, part of me wanted to lie on the couch and surf the Internet all week.
Then I remembered what my life coach Kristin Taliaferro taught me about tolerations. Tolerations are those little annoyances that drain our energy. They don’t have to be anything earth-shattering — “I hate my business card” and “The batteries on my meditation timer ran out” are examples of tolerations.
Kristin suggests making a list of 100 of your tolerations. This sounds like a lot, but believe me, once you get on a roll it’s hard to stop the griping. It took me a couple of hours to come up with a list that ranged from “Our spoons are stained from tea” to “My iPhone keeps asking me to join wireless networks.”
Just listing these tolerations made me feel more energetic, and I was excited to start knocking tolerations out of my life. To do this, I went through the list and determined which tolerations I had the resources to banish right then, in my home with no money. (Some tolerations required me to go shopping.)
That very day, I put the kibosh on six tolerations. The one that made me feel the most productive, believe it or not, was scrubbing the tea stains from my spoons with baking soda. It was so gratifying to see the baking soda turn tan with tea. Go ahead, laugh! But getting this task out of the way made me feel like a load was taken off my shoulders — and I was ready to tackle even more energy-zapping annoyances.
For the rest of the week, I was more productive than ever. And I got three assignments — one custom pub, one trade, and one profile for a local university — perhaps because I opened up room for them in my life.
This week, I’ve been deep-sixing tolerations every day. I bought a wallet online to replace the tiny change purse I’ve been jamming all my money into since high school. I figured out how to get the iPhone to stop asking me to join wireless networks, which took about 30 seconds. I finished the thank you cards for my son’s baby shower. I transferred my domain names from an annoying registrar to one recommended by my web designer. I trimmed the dead branches from my palm tree. I’m on a roll!
I challenge you to make a list of 100 of your tolerations — work-related or non — and knock three of them off the list today.
What tolerations are bugging you and what do you plan to do about them today? Please post in the Comments below! [lf]