Essentially, minimal movement is analyzing what is very important to you, slightly important and not important at all, thus focusing on what serves you best. In business, it is usually the case that eighty percent of your money comes from twenty percent of your clients. So you butter up the good ones and you offer politeness and pre-printed information to the less profitable ones, but you don’t waste a lot of personal time on them unless they suddenly come good.
There are people in your life that are warm and valuable and important to you, a few say, and there are loads of marginal dead-beats that are emotionally disturbing, expensive, and a complete waste of time. Minimal movement requires that you politely eliminate them. A few good ones are way better than a hundred dubious ones. The less people you are emotionally involved with the fewer obligations on your time. Sooner or later everyone wants something.
I have the philosophy of (if possible) never agreeing to attend anything — wedding, funerals, functions etc. Then sometimes (very rarely) I capitulate. I don’t mind going to the horse races on Boxing Day as I enjoy that, so it is allocated an ‘okay’ in the minimal movement file.
Respect the “Now” by Saying “No”.I met a shaman who is a very kind man, but he has absolutely no ability to say “No” to anyone. He travels on a bus for twenty-two hours to go and do sacred ceremonies for people who don’t pay him and he says they never change one jot because of his efforts. Then he takes the bus home. The trip takes him five days in total. I held his hand and took him to a mirror and had him practice saying “No”. We laughed a lot as he couldn’t even do it in the mirror.
The trick to saying “No” when feeling awkward about something is to start by telling the recipient of your decision how fond you are of them, or how much you respect them, then you tell them how uncomfortable you are saying what it is you are just about to say. Then you politely and firmly decline their kind invitation but you are not coming. Don’t lie as an excuse, just be brave and tell them you do not want to attend—period, full stop. Try it in the bathroom mirror first if needs be.
Once you don’t have to pander to your Mr. Nice Guy illusion then many obligations fall away and you can concentrate on living life and being creative. People pleasing is not allowed in minimal movement as people pleasing is often a burden and usually it has an agenda that either feeds your dark shadow (you covertly want something), or your white shadow (you seek to create an impression). You need to act coherently and fairly explaining your self well to people and not be arbitrary, and of course, dismissive. You hope they are pleased with your actions, but you didn’t come to the earth plane to keep people happy that was not on your list of prior instructions, and you should never be burdened as the custodian of another’s happiness.
This is especially true in relationships where one partner might use anger or threat to force the other into becoming his or her slave. So the slave trots about endlessly trying to please the aggressor under the threat of emotional or physical retribution, or financial punishment of some kind, the withdrawal of funds say. You don’t need that. You need to make a list of what is important and what is not and you evaluate each thing carefully deciding what it offers and what defined benefit or pleasure you derive from the outcome of each action. You should agree to make everything around you simple, clean and Zen, so you don’t waste time looking for things and you are not surrounded by confusion and clutter. And if you can afford to you put all your domestic bills into the automatic payment system at the bank you will never have to mess with that stuff ever again. You start to design your life with you in the center like a general at a military headquarters, you make everyone come to you whenever possible and you stand in the middle in a Zen-like stance in your minimal-movement-mode as much of the time as you can.
If you have a job your time is not entirely your own but you can still put minimal movement into the work you do and get more done with less effort and time. Essentially you should think about guarding your kilojoules of energy—heat. You should not become exhausted after a day’s work as your function in working it to provide you with a nice life. If work destroys your heat so that you collapse in a heap you’ve lost the plot a bit. Insist on minimal movement with the people you work with. Require them to be brief and precise and stop them when they want to waffle and waste your time.
What is it?
How much is it?
When can you deliver if I want it?
Three seconds of heat….Next!
If you rise one hour earlier each day and you go to bed one hour later by that’s seven hundred and thirty hours extra each year, the equivalent of thirty days a year or one extra month—amazing. You can have the equivalent of thirteen months in every year but just altering how long you sleep and when you rise. Now is certainly the only time you have got, an extra thirty days of ‘now’ is a valuable asset.
How to Get More Done in Much Less Time
It’s the perfect solution for you if you regularly find yourself looking back at your life wondering what in the world happened to all your time, and why you have very few results to show for it. It’s going to help you take care of all the things you have to do on a regular basis, from the small stuff like checking email and reading the news, to the more important tasks, like building your business and spending quality time with your family. It’s so effective, I recently used it to take an idea from my initial thought about it to
a complete ready-to-install software product in only 5 days.
Better yet, I still had plenty of time to eat 3 meals a day (or more), get plenty of sleep, watch all my favorite TV shows, hang out with my friends, and generally do what I normally do. In other words, it turned me into an action machine!
You may look on the following lines more carefully:
1. Write down all the things you want to get done for the day. Everything from writing, creating content, or planning your next project to answering your email and balancing your checkbook.
2. Assign a specific time to each task or group of tasks. Anything from 15 minutes to 2 hours. Chunks of 30 minutes or less work best.
3. Select a task, start a timer (like an egg time), and focus on nothing but accomplishing that task. This means you don’t answer the phone, you don’t get up for a drink, you don’t log onto any social network like Facebook, Twitter etc. – none of that. You remain focused on the task-at-hand!
If you practice these three simple steps regularly, it will totally revolutionize the way you get things done in your life – guaranteed! It’s as if it awakens an unstoppable force inside you that’s been asleep for way too long.
Take a look at them again, then take 30 seconds and allow the structure and purpose behind these three steps to sink in. You’ll instinctively see the genius. Our brains love goals, big or small, because they’re built to be goal-seeking machines. Give your brain a goal, and it immediately goes to work finding ways to achieve it. Once your brain has a goal, a deadline is the fuel that motivates it act! The shorter the deadline, the more revved up your brain gets. Instead surrendering yourself to lackluster results because you see your day as an overwhelming, uncontrollable mess, this system breaks your day down into small, manageable pieces that you actually see yourself getting done with ease. When you believe you can, you will be able to simplify your life for more results.
Be Happy-Simplify Your Life.