“Stacking your life involves the search for fewer tasks that meet multiple needs, which often requires that you’re clear on what your needs actually are.” Katy Bowman
Here my daughter and I are ‘stacking’. We are working on a tree house together. On this day I needed to create, to get away from the to do list and to connect with my daughter (without playing another game of magical creatures). She wanted dedicated mummy time and has wanted this tree house for ages.
In this one shared task we got:
– Connection and purpose.
– Much natural movement (I climbed that tree about 50 times).
– Outdoor time.
– Skills development (basic building and problem solving).
– Emotional skills development (exposure to frustration, set backs, negotiation, working as a team, disappointment).
– Nourishment (from connection, creativity, nutritious movement).
– A sweet special spot that my daughter uses to play but also a place she goes for solitude and centering.
Stacking your life is not about doing more. It’s not about multitasking. It about being conscience about what you want in your life and how those things align with each other. It’s about choosing not just reacting.
What do you want more of in your life?
How can you align aspects of your life to get more of those things without adding more to your ‘to do’ list?
Huge props to @nutritiousmovement (Katy Bowman) for her deeply inspiring and very accessible work in this space.
Katy’s work is absolutely worth your time so check her out.