Identify and Eradicate Tolerations

CalendarEver notice that it’s often the little things that either make your day or suck the life out of you? Some things you can’t control, and you have to find ways to reframe how you look at them. But there are other situations and cirumstances over which we do have control.

The next time you encounter a situation or circumstance that bugs or annoys you, think about how it drains your energy. It it happens on a regular basis, think about how many times your energy is drained by this situation or circumstance. In fact, you could begin keeping a list of these annoyances. Jotting them down will create a new level of awareness.

Once you have become aware of these annoyances, it’s time to consider how you can make them go away. For example, I have a burned out light bulb above the mirror in my master bath. I have been looking at that burned out bulb for the past two weeks, and every time I see it, I think to myself, “Oh, I need to replace that bulb.” But I haven’t done it yet. That burned out bulb is a toleration that saps my energy, energy that I could be devoting to something more interesting or important. We all have things that we can correct or create systems around so they don’t continue to annoy us.

Setting up automatic bill pay is another example. Don’t depend on the mail to remind you to pay the bill–set it up so the bill is paid every month without human intervention.

A friend created a system to address her children and their clothing. When her children were growing up, she trained them to change their school clothes and put them into the hamper as one action. You take an article of clothing off and you put it in the hamper. She did not have the problem of bedrooms strewn with clothing because her children learned to do this as one action.

What systems can you put in place to handle tolerations in your life?

-G.

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How to be a Superhero

How to be a Superhero

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Islands of Ease

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Meet Gail

Gail Pentz, author

My work experience spans Fortune 500 companies to nonprofits. As a corporate trainer, I have delivered training throughout the U.S. and in 18 other countries. I designed and wrote hundreds of instructional materials for numerous industries, and worked as a teacher and staff in private schools. I also have experience with small businesses. I was a founding partner and Director of Operations for T.W.I.C.E. Educational Services, Inc., a Sarasota-based continuing education firm serving mental health professionals.

Having worked 60+ hours a week for several decades, I know what it’s like to be on the proverbial hamster wheel, using weekends to catch up on what I didn’t get done and preparing for the week ahead. Like me, you may be ready for at least two days each week that are filled with activities you find satisfying and fulfilling. Less time working (or preparing for work) translates into more time for recreational travel, self-care, and personal development. I firmly believe that as we take better care of ourselves, we are better equipped to share our gifts with the world (and especially the quality of effort we bring to the workplace).

You can begin enjoying a retirement lifestyle this weekend. Let’s get started!

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