Do you find that you didn't get everything done that you needed to and don't know why?
Being present and in the moment is this week's pondering topic.
When I am in yoga class, I am gently reminded to stay present, breathe and be in the moment ~ I would like to do that everyday with each activity and strive to do so.
I am a really high energy person and I get a lot done in a day! Learning the balance between extreme focus and creative outflow is something that works for me but is a constant work in progress. I am a work in progress! Aren't we all?
If you are attempting multitasking, what you are doing is skirting over the surface and bouncing from idea to idea. While this is also how I come up with a lot of my creative ideas, there are times when you need to stop and zoom in on this moment, person or activity. Studies have shown that we don't actually have the ability to multitask and each time our focus is pulled from an activity, it can take up to thirty minutes to refocus fully again. This is especially true for me while writing or working on any creative projects. Maybe the same is true for you.
Getting to know yourself and what you need is important! I really enjoy cooking and I know that this is something that requires me to fully focus. My family knows that this isn't the time to start a conversation with me as I need to pay attention to the ingredients, recipe and timing everything perfectly. I try to tell them when I am entering a task such as writing or cooking and give them the opportunity to share something or ask me a question before I start. It doesn't always work but it helps.
In our family, one way that we stay present and engaged with each other is having a family meal together every night. During this time, we share the details of our day, discuss current events and laugh as a family. Many of our best conversations have occurred during this special time together. There are no phones calls, texting, tweeting, books or any outside interruptions allowed. We share a meal with candles and engage in the most important activity: being a family. Being present together in this moment is a bond that we will always remember. It is a place where we share our joys and disappointments, plan for the future and support each other.
Another thing that helps me stay present in the current activity is to make lists. Knowing what I have to do and prioritizing each task allows me the freedom to focus on each task individually and let go of the nagging feeling that I am forgetting something. If you are working on something and another thought pops up, add it to your list but don't switch tasks. Can't fall asleep because your mind is racing? Make a list of all those items that you need to do tomorrow and let your mind rest.
Each person has their unique way of focusing and being present ~ knowing those in your life, how to best support them and help them be all that they can be is a wonderful gift.
Do you stay present and in the moment? What tricks do you employ to obtain the focus you need to complete everything? Love to hear them!
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