Do you want to accomplish more with less stress? Silly question, who doesn’t. In 4HWW, Tim Ferriss included a blog post called Six Formulas for More Output and Less Overwhelm. You can read the full post here. I’m going to show you what I use.
- Don’t provoke deliberation before you can take action. Essentially, finding a problem that can’t be fixed right then. Worry is a fear of the future that Jesus even taught about, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34 NIV
- Don’t postpone decisions just to avoid uncomfortable situations. In the book, Drills, Rory Miller has a list of training drills for defense and life. My favorite section is AFTERWORD: Superpowers You Can Have Today. This covered by two real-world ‘superpowers’: Finishing the Hard Stuff First, and Do Stuff. I need to reread this book.
- Learn to make nonfatal or reversible decisions as fast as possible. Set time limits for thought on it, limit options, or have finance thresholds.
- Don’t overcomplicate it. Routine goes a long way and makes innovation easier. You have less to wade through then.
- Regret is past-tense decision making. Eliminate complaints to minimize regret. Try to go an entire day without complaining. In fact, for every complaint, you immediately find two positives.
It does make juggling a job as a husband, blogger, supervisor, and and a servant of God in more ministries than I can count on one hand easier. Try them and let me know how they work.