Today is President's Day here in the U.S. My family and I are sharing "Presidential Trivia" questions during the day via my 8 year old's favorite medium for communication- her whiteboard.
Turns out that Harry Truman used to get up at 5am each day to play the piano for two hours. Who knew?
If anyone faces pressure on a given day, I would think that the President of the United States ranks at the top of that list. How do you deal with pressure on a daily basis? How do I deal with it?
Here are some very simple strategies for taming the pressure dragon- you'll notice that many have a similar theme: automation. To the degree that you can automate daily living, you'll cut down on pressure and that feeling of heavy overwhelm.
-get up at the same time every workday
-maintain a simple wardrobe
-keep a simple, short to-do list
-put things away in whichever space you work
-get enough sleep
-workout on a regular basis
-make contact with your friends at least monthly
-worship God in public at least once a week
-stick with a simple diet
-keep your car maintained and clean
-do something that you like every day
-surround yourself with tools and gadgets that help you work efficiently
-listen to music
-spend time with your pet (or even someone else's!)
-prepare a meal for someone you love
-do something of service for someone else
None of these are rocket science. You can do probably 2-3 today without even trying. Whether your pressure is from work or from a commitment that is difficult to manage, you can fight back (gently) by practicing several of the strategies above.
Action follow up: what is the primary source of your pressure? How will you push back on it this week?