Life is full of incompletions — open loops of unanswered emails; vague coffee invitations; big projects we need to ‘get to’; kids’ recitals; the nagging awareness that we really should be should be eating better or going to the gym; and dishes — so many dishes. With all the demands on our attention coming at us all day, every day, it is predictable that our trying-not-to-forget-it-all, is always stealing a part of our awareness and attention, whether we’re in the middle of a meeting or a family dinner. Join Kari Granger and Paul Adams as they propose an alternative to the haze of all-the-things-there-are-to-do-and-handle.
In This Episode:
00:56 – Introducing today’s topic: How to Free Up Your Brain and Your Life
01:26 – The counter-intuitive way accountability creates freedom
02:50 – The reason we think of all the things we have to do when driving or taking a shower
03:02 – The alternative to living in the haze of all-there-is-to-do-and-handle
04:46 – How to create a “state of completion” even when things are not yet done
05:48 – The symptoms of living in a cloud of incompletions
08:31 – Seeing through the lens of completion
09:30 – How to have vulnerable and brave conversations
12:05 – Taking on one thing at a time
13:39 – Maintaining our internal trust account
14:21 – Dealing with the ‘cognitive load’
16:00 – Our forgetfulness requires we set up completion structures
18:29 – How to get complete on something that’s not done yet
19:44 – Clear agreements and calendaring
21:55 – What calendaring makes possible
23:24 – Strategic planning in real time
24:09 – We can only ever take action in the now
25:48 – Recommended practices
“The more we become awake to all the things there are to do and handle, all these incompletions become like a mountain we have to carry on our backs. That’s why we think of all the things we have to do when we’re driving or taking a shower.” – Kari Granger
“The ultimate practice is to be able to say, ‘No, I’m not going to do that. I want to do that. I’d love to do that, and it would be irresponsible for me to take that on at this point.’” – Kari Granger
“If we remembered everything that ever happened to us, we would be absolute basket cases. We have to forget stuff; it’s the only thing the mind does dependably. That stress of trying to remember our to-do’s is what creates cognitive load.” – Paul Adams
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