Taper is usually a favorite word for athletes. But, it really could be a powerful word for anyone no matter what you do.
The definition that I like best is ‘a gradual narrowing’. For getting ready for Loch Ness, it means a lot less yardage and time in the water swimming. I taper from a peak yardage of 40K per week to 15K this week. Lower weekly yardage means that I'll be recharged and ready to swim 22 miles across Loch Ness.
Simultaneously, I narrow how I spend my time. I still put a good amount of time into my marketing role at Salesforce but I sleep more, spend more time with friends and have more capacity all around. I feel like I achieve more and its more rewarding.
The value of a taper is the premise of a favorite book called Accomplish More by Doing Less by Marc Lesser. This book is full of wisdom for everyday life. Narrowing time spent ruminating and speculating on a future state allows space for clarity and focus .
With this tapper, Im reminded that when I narrow my focus to things that are really important and that are in the present moment, I can accomplish a whole lot more. Whether at work, at home, in my relationships or swimming across a lake.