Lessons from the Potato Salad approach to Life
I know it’s a little early to be thinking about picnics in the park and potato salads. Or is it? “Potato Salad” is the word that popped into my head last night when I asked myself, “What shall I write about in my next article?” I go with my intuition. May you find it valuable.
Story: Rocks in Bowls and Potatoes in Dressing
You may have heard the analogy of how to pack more into your 24 hour day: like rocks in a bowl.
Put the largest rocks in the bowl first, then fit smaller rocks in between, then pebbles, then sand. You’ll have an action packed day and you get a lot done. …. And, pardon the pun, you’ll live life between a rock and a hard place.
When you are tired of that approach, try the potato salad approach to life.
First, create the dressing – tasting it until you get it just right, write it down so you’ll have a recipe for next time. Then add the chunks of perfectly cooked potatoes, and voila – you have tasty dish to enjoy.
How does that apply to life? Here are some questions to help you create your life’s ideal “dressing”.
Have you thought about how you do your best work? What does your room and environment look like when you are at your best? Do you like doing certain things in the mornings or evenings? Do you work well uninterrupted or do you thrive when you build in breaks throughout the day or have something to look forward to?
Creating your day to your liking is like creating the perfect dressing. Without the dressing the potatoes would be bland. Without organizing your day the way you work best, the day becomes like drudgery without end. Of course – sometimes life gets in the way of the best plans. Even more reason to create you day the way you like it – during the times when that is possible.
Call to Action and Why This Matters
Have you ever felt overwhelmed by the enormity of your to do list? Some people carry it so far as to have to do lists for their weekends and Holidays – may be even a daily to do list while on vacation: books to read, scenic places to visit, restaurants to check out, … you get the idea. It might be an addiction to scheduling your life – or a fear of boredom and unscheduled time. You might need to wean yourself gradually – or some people go cold turkey.
- Set aside 30-60 minutes. Go for a walk or find a place to sit with a nice view, something calming, or may be a place of worship.
- Think back to times when you felt energized, alive, in the flow, doing your best work.
- Think about what might have contributed to that feeling of bliss. Those are the starting ingredients for your dressing.
- Plan to put some of those ingredients into your day: a bit of prayer or meditation; connecting with nature; a cheerful or inspiring object within your view; stretch breaks; brief vigorous exercise to get your blood pumping, etc.
- Experiment until you find what works well for you. Then change it up if it starts to go stale. Keep what works, let go of the rest.
- You deserve to live a joy-filled life.
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