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    Eliminate the mosquitoes in your life

    In his Book “High Energy Habits” author Bill Ford talks 
    about “Getting rid of the little things that annoy you”. 

    We can think of the little things that annoy you as being 
    like mosquitoes. They are pesky, irritating and drain you of 
    energy you could use far more productively on other things. 

    Often these ‘mosquitoes’ are some minor annoyance or 
    irritant that that you are tolerating, but are not happy about. 

    Usually you know what to do to fix it, but you have just not 
    yet got around to doing it. 

    We are so busy that these little things do not seem to justify a 
    high priority. 

    But it takes energy to ignore the mosquitoes and it also reduces 
    our enjoyment of whatever else we are doing at the same time. 

    The wasted five star hotel room: 

    Imagine you have just paid a large amount of money to stay 
    in a luxury five star hotel room. The room is magnificent and 
    has every luxury you could possible want. 

    You lie down to sleep in the superbly comfortable bed and 
    suddenly you hear a mosquito start to buzz. 

    You turn on the light and because the hotel ceiling is so high 
    you can’t get the mosquito. It buzzes in your ear all night and 
    you just can’t sleep. 

    The five star hotel room has been wasted and all because of 
    one tiny mosquito. 

    This experience is exactly what life is like when it is full of 
    these little annoyances. 

    Here’s the solution Bill gives: 

    1: Take 10 minutes and make a list of all the little things in 
    your life that annoy you. You can even make two lists if you 
    want to. One list can be for work and one list can be for your 
    personal life. Add to each list over time. You will start to 
    notice more and more things that are not quite the way you 

    would like them to be. 

    2: Pick two easy ‘mosquitoes’ and deal with them today. By 
    ‘easy’ I mean items where you know all you need to know in 
    order to fix them and also won’t take too long. 

    These could be things like clean your car, sew on a button, 
    replace a light bulb and so on. 

    Then keep going and pick at least two more ‘mosquitoes’ for 
    another day. The momentum will build. Even if you don’t get 
    the thing that irritates you fixed make sure you at least write 
    it down. 

    Action Exercise: 

    Make a list of at least 10-20 little things in your life that irritate 
    you in some way. Then take action on two of these things today 
    and notice how good you feel. 

    At Resilient Minds we help our clients to develop high resilience
    so they can perform at high levels on the really important
    things in both their work and personal lives. 

    Have a great week. 

    Jamie Ford
    Kim Tay
    Thought Leaders in Productivity and Wellbeing  

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