Ten Ways To Balance Your Mind’s Unproductive Chatter

thinkinggeraltpixabay1. Set a strong intention to do this.

2. Observe yourself and identify some signs that indicate your mind is going too fast.

3. When you recognize that your mind is going too fast, STOP and assess what is happening.

4. Explore ways to calm your mind and try them out, one at a time, until you find the ones that work for you. (Examples: practicing mindfulness, meditation, breathing, changing your environment, creating or finding humor or something to smile about).

5. Allow your thoughts to pass through your mind and not stay there.

6. Cultivate your ability to live fully in the present moment. It will help you stay out of regret (the past) and anxiety (the future).

7. Find something to do to distract yourself when your mind is in overdrive. (Examples: journaling, listening to music, reading something enjoyable, seeking out fun)

8. Find something else to focus your mind on when you are over thinking something.

9. Get comfortable with silence. (Try creating 5 minutes of silence at the beginning or end of the day and gradually increase to 20 minutes.)

10. Pursue balance between your mind and emotions.

 

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10 Ways To Stay Fully Present To What You Are Doing

ID-100282431You’ll work better, faster and more effectively when you are fully present to what you are doing. Here are 10 ways to help you do it.

1. Work on one thing at a time, for a part of each day, to get accustomed to how it feels.

2. Schedule one task or meeting at a time. Don’t let people double-book you on your calendar. If they do, make a choice as soon as you see it, regarding what you will do during that time.

3. Work on your focus. When you are working on a task, honestly assess how focused you are on it.

4. If something distracts you, make a judgment either to allow the distraction and stop what you are doing or say no to it and resume what you are doing.

5. Be honest with yourself about time. Don’t try to do two days of work in one day.

6. Start recognizing what happens to you when you move out of the present moment (e.g. your stress starts rising, your mind wanders, you look for other things to do). Be aware of when these things happen.

7. Find a good book or video on mindfulness.

8. Give people your full attention when interacting with them (phone, in-person, e mail, text).

9. Complete your priority tasks first and know the time of day that you are at your best.

10. Find an exercise to practice that helps you bring yourself back to the present moment.

 

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How Often Are You Fully Present To What You Are Doing?

ID-100249700Stop laughing. ☺ It’s worth paying attention to. Why? When you are fully present to what you are doing, your work gets the benefit of your intelligence, attention, time and skill. Distraction or inattention diminishes the quality of your work and often increases the time you spend, for lesser results.

Being fully present brings all of you to your tasks. You’ll work better, faster and more effectively. For my next blog post, I’ll create a list of 10 ways to stay fully present to what you are doing.

 

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Ten Ways To Change Your Relationship With Time

Time management is an oxymoron – you cannot manage time, but you can manage your relationship to it. In a previous post, Is Time In Control Or Are You?,  I provided some questions to help you assess your relationship with time. Now, here are ten ways you can begin to change your relationship with time.

1. Stop at several specified points in your day to assess how you are dealing with time. Are you in a good relationship with it or a stressful one?

2. Be realistic about what you have planned to do in the day. Do you have time?

3. Practice mindfulness and being in the present moment.

4. Heighten your awareness of emotions you are experiencing. Often your emotions are a first indicator that something is awry.

5. If an emergency or something unexpected occurs in your day, stop and adjust your expectations accordingly.

6. Identify the signs that tell you that you are in overwhelm and time is getting the better of you.

7. Work on balance. With balance, you relate to time from a centered place.

8. Take breaks every once in awhile, so you do not push yourself too far.

9. Be aware of how your choices affect your relationship with time.

10. Remember that time is finite and plan accordingly.

 

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