EP 57: The Easy Button
August 18, 2022
Avery Hoenig, PhD, Jamie Wilson, PhD, and Lucy Smith, PhD
Today, Jamie, Lucy, and Avery discuss the benefits of taking the easy way out. We talk about how we inadvertently make things more difficult for ourselves by over-analyzing, over-controlling, people-pleasing, over-planning, and simply forgetting that doing less is an option. We also review strategies that have helped us to notice when we are falling into these habits and make different choices instead.
Do try this at home:
- Create/choose a physical reminder to invite more ease into your daily life. Whether it’s an actual easy button, a post-it note on your computer, a background on your phone screen, or even a login or password that you have to type often – remind yourself that taking the easier way out is an option.
- Make a shift in your mindset. Notice the ways that you show up in your life and the ways that you make things more difficult than they need to be. Ask yourself, “How can I let this be light and easy? or “How can I have less urgency? “
- Perfectionism gets in the way of taking the easy way out. Do an experiment: Put yourself in a situation where you don’t do something perfectly and see what happens.