When the alarm clock rang on Monday morning, I wanted to hit the snooze button. I just couldn’t (or didn’t want to) wrap my head around the idea that the holidays were over and the new year has begun. Don’t get me wrong, I was excited about the new opportunities that the new year held in store for me. It was that my mind and body weren’t in sync, yet, with the calendar.

Do you know what I mean?

I wanted just one more day off. Between my holiday hangover, clean up and organization, and the back to school round of activities and work, I felt more than a little behind the curve.

I needed to do something to get myself back on track.

What do you do to get back in the swing of things when your energy, attention and focus have been hijacked by parties, lots of food, vacation and exhaustion?

For me, I invoke my “Triple T” protocol to create space in my brain, so I can create space in my life. Triple T stands for: Tame Those Tolerations.

Tolerations defined.

Tolerations are those people, places, or things that exhaust you, that enervate you, and that, at times, you try to avoid at all costs! And when you can’t or don’t avoid them, you get to experience even more dread, exhaustion and enervation! 🙂

Am I right?

So, try this.

Pull out a sheet of paper and write down everything you feel you have to do that annoys you, drains you, and that, well, just bugs the living – bleep – out of you! List them and really get into it. Yes, you! I’ll wait. Key tip: Don’t hold back and write fast.

Nicely done!

Addressing tolerations head on can give you better results in less time

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Now that you have the list, what can you do about it? Is it true that you are the ONLY ONE in the whole world who must handle these people, places or things? That only you can be tortured in this way? 🙂

What if I were to tell you that you could eliminate most of those items on that list by simply going through a two-step process? Would you be game? If so, read on.

Tame Those Tolerations in Two Steps

  • First, go through your list of tolerations and identify whether you can dump them, delegate them, delay them, or just get them done. (Explanations are below.)
  • Second, plan and schedule the appropriate actions immediately.
  • Dump Them – Take a long and hard look at that person, place, or thing and decide you will give no more of your time or attention to it. When you dump this toleration, it frees up your time and your brain space for the people, places and things that matter most to you.
  • Delegate Them – These tolerations are important enough to keep, but that doesn’t mean you have to handle them all by yourself. Who can you delegate these tolerations to, so that, you can free up some valuable time?
  • Delay Them – These are the tolerations that are important and must be done by you, however, for whatever reason, you cannot work on them, yet. Instead of thinking about what’s coming and dreading it, delay your thoughts by scheduling these tolerations for the appropriate time and choose to forget them! That’s right, set them and forget them! When you use this tactic, you free up your brain to focus on what’s most important right now.
  • Do Them – These tolerations are important and necessary. Stop procrastinating and get them scheduled and done. When you are decisive, you minimize the impact of procrastination on your brain and your life.

Note: There are times when we just can’t live in a toleration-free zone. However, what is also true is that you and I have more control than we think. So let’s do ourselves a favor and take the time to look at our tolerations and apply this protocol! When we do, we not only get less hassle and less struggle, we get a clearer view of the landscape to navigate the road ahead successfully. I want that for us!

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