You Want More
We all want more of some things. A second helping of that yummy pot roast, an extra zero at the end of our bank balance, as well as wanting to achieve more in 2020 than we did in 2019.
But You Also Want Less
There are some things that we’d rather have less of in our life such as less crankiness from our boss, less unsubstantiated news on Facebook (shall we just say, less Facebook?), or less negativity in general.
What If You Could Have Both?
My girlfriend Karen is a teacher and her focus is reading intervention, assisting children who read below their grade level to do so with more speed and comprehension. It’s a noble undertaking and one that she performs with compassion, kindness, and total devotion.
In fact, she’s the one who shared with me this genius and more mindful way to increase your productivity that works for kids and adults. She recently used this method with her students to help them choose what they’d like to achieve in 2020.
It’s called, aptly, the “More of This & Less of That Approach” and here’s how it works.
How It Works – Simplified Approach
In its simplest form, you can simply list 5 to 10 “things” you want more of in 2020 and then create a plan for attracting more of them over the next 12 months.
Conversely, you also list 5-10 “things” you want less of in 2020 and create plans to decrease engaging in behaviors linked to them.
Things can be specific people in your life, events you’d like to take place, anything at all.”
How It Works – The ZenJo Approach
In the last post, I wrote about a method I use for identifying the Areas of Focus (AoF) that I wish to concentrate on in 2020. It’s also a very mindful way to plan for the new year without setting hard and fast resolutions or goals.
The “More of This & Less of That Approach” allows you to combine the six or seven AoF with what you’d like to experience more of and/or less of within each area. If we take my example from the last post, you can see that I used seven Areas of Focus, but by adding the More/Less approach, each AoF is less defined, presenting only what I want more of and less of.
You might use this approach as a step in your overall process in your annual planning or you might just use this approach alone. Try it out and, as is true with so many things we choose to experience, see if it resonates. If so, that’s great! And if it doesn’t, that’s positive as well in that you now possess confirmation about what doesn’t fit into your annual planning process.
Now, go forth and do good!