On a road trip recently, I noticed the car ahead of me kept changing speed: One minute it was going faster, the next minute, slower. I took a deep breath, focused for a few moments on how to transcend traffic, and tapped my brake pedal to turn off cruise control.
After another 5 minutes of this craziness, I decided to pass the car—one less stressful thing for me to deal with. In fact, knowing that stress literally shrinks your brain, I’m always looking for simple ways to reduce stress in my life. I want my ideas to be growing, not shrinking.
As I passed the car I thought, Why don’t they just use their cruise control? Then they wouldn’t need to worry about their speed. Why don’t they just “outsource it” instead?
Over a span of several years I’ve learned how to automate, or outsource, certain aspects of my life—just as I do with the speed of my car.
Outsourcing menial or repetitive tasks gives me more cognitive freedom to stay in creative flow, which is essential for someone like me. One thing less on my mind = more brain space + reduced stress. That’s a perfect formula for my busy world.
I also recalled a recent conversation with my buddy Zac—whom I consider an Artificial Intelligence Guru—and his visions of the future. Zac says, “Think of artificial intelligence the way you think of apps. At first, assistants will pop up for individual tasks that we do daily. Eventually, these stand-alone features will merge to form one digital assistant that will do it all.”
I’m excited by innovation and creative exploration, so I’m always seeking new ways to leverage the power of technology to make my life smoother and better balanced. Outsourcing small stuff is helping me do that.
In addition to the speed of my car, here are some other parts of my life that I’ve outsourced:
Whatever ways we find to delegate small tasks (or thoughts), we can always find relief when we lighten our loads. And by allowing ourselves to be creative and willing to try something new, we can stop using our energy for the “small stuff” and begin creating more space for new ideas—and less stress. Sounds like a win-win situation to me.
Learn more about making healthy choices and reducing stress in Balancing Work, Relationships & Life in Three Simple Steps, or another book in Michael’s collection at michaelcreative.com/books
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