“Fullest expression” is a phrase that they use a lot in my yoga classes. “Should” is not a word permitted in the studio. Instead of blahblah-asana being a pose where you should have your arms wrapped around your legs while balancing on your head, the instructor coaches us that pretzel is the fullest expression and we can also just do arms or incorporate the head stand part if it feels right today.
Which is a relief because there is one thing this old bod is not doing these days and it is fullest expression of anything upside down.
I have been thinking a lot about the idea of fullest expression lately as things are getting shuffled around in my life. Nothing major just projects that require a some small adjustments to logistics.
Fullest Expression Off the Mat
A few balls have gotten dropped, and I am definitely out of my routines. Which often leads me to less than Sustainably Productive thinking. Here is what that might sound like:
- What is wrong with me – normally I have my writing done by now.
- I should be able to do all three things.
- Other people manage a lot more than this, why can’t I?
I feel my attention being fractured as I spend several hours each day continually bouncing around. The context shifting is exhausting. By the end of the day my fullest expression is the fetal position under a blanket clutching the remote. I know my habits and routines bring relief to this pinging around, but I feel like there is not enough time or I should be doing something else. If I can’t do the whole routine, I do nothing.
For example, I recently got up later than usual and skipped morning reading and journaling before going to exercise. I felt like I had been shot out of a cannon all day. It was like I was living on 1.5 speed instead of the normal pace of life. Everything felt out of synch.
I wonder if you might have days like this too?
Real Life Look In
What if we do a small part of each bits of our routine? If we cannot do the whole enchilada, maybe we can have small bites of it. Here is what it might look like as it relates to my morning on ramp:
Journaling: 15 minutes
Personal Development, Daily Devotional Reading: 20 minutes
Meditation: 20 minutes
Stretch: 6 minutes
Sustainable Productivity Expression
Journaling: 5 minutes
Reading: 5 minutes
Meditation: 1 minute
Doing a truncated version of the routine is better than chucking the whole thing and shoulding on myself all day. This is different than a routine not working. This is for a day the alarm didn’t go off. Or you have to catch a flight. Or a kid woke up sick.
Showing up for yourself consistently – even if it is not the fullest expression – can continue to keep that fly wheel of habit change turning.
Sustainable You Questions
- Do you have a day in the next week where you know you need an abbreviated version of your routine?
- How can you plan now for what that shortened window can be used in a Sustainably Productive way?
It can be hard to reframe fullest expression to Sustainable Productivity Expression. If you need help find me on social media or send me a message to Susan@SustainableSue.com. I would be glad to help you work on it!
Until next time –