I do not need to remind you that there is a lot going on in your life and work these days. Life can go up and down many times in the course of just one day. New challenges abound and the unknown is ever-present. How do you survive it? One way is to stay grounded in the present moment. Part of doing this is to keep in mind all that is impacting you now. Not every detail, but enough to give yourself a break when you need to. These are stressful times. Be kind to yourself, adjust your expectations and be real.
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So much has changed recently, making it worthwhile to reassess the state of your life and work. In your assessment, you can look at: how you are functioning, how your perspective has changed and what’s important to you. Then, ask yourself what is worthwhile for you now that may not have been in the past. Have your values shifted?
Staying fully present in the moment often asks a lot. This is one of those times. Make sure your interests are being served and that you are fulfilled, as the world changes around you.
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Take a look back to the end of 2019. How do your life and work compare then and now? Have changes occurred? Which changes do you like and not like? Do you see a need for action on your part to acclimate or adjust to a change?
In times like these, change is inevitable. Best to recognize any changes that have occurred. Then, from the reality of the present moment, you can embrace the new and thrive.
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In my last blog post, I looked at being fully present in the moment, as you face a challenge. There is another useful aspect to being present – you can consciously decide how you will spend each day. Doing this requires your focus – on what is important, your expectations, your commitments and how much time you have.
What if, each morning you ask yourself what you are going to do with the day ahead of you? It could lead to higher productivity, fulfillment and motivation.
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Challenges are part of life. When you find yourself falling back into the past or drifting into the future, as you face a challenge, remember that today is the best that you have. Looking at a challenge from the present moment allows you to see where you are right now and what is available to you. Sure, you can benefit from looking backward or forward, but doing so can be a quicksand that doesn’t provide answers or get you very far. Don’t stay too long.
Next time you face a challenge, remember that you have today to do what’s needed to turn things around.
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How often do you look at the actual act of balancing your life? You may know when your life is balanced, when it is not and the level of balance you want to achieve. That’s good. From there, how do you, day-to-day, maintain that balance?
Balancing is a “present moment” thing. It asks your awareness of when you are slipping out of balance, your knowing how to regain your balance and your agility in dealing with time. Think of a situation when maintaining your balance was very challenging. It may have been a time when you were facing competing demands, had too much to get done in the time you had or were experiencing work – personal life tensions. What did you do? Were you able to maintain balance or did things go awry?
Focusing on the act or art of balancing serves you. How do you best maintain your balance on a day-to-day basis? What do you do to regain your balance if it is lost? Develop your skill for balancing and you’ll soon find yourself mastering it.
What are you doing right now? Being present in every moment gives you major advantages. Fully in a moment you have a clear picture of what is happening, can act when it matters and be at your best. What allows you to be fully present in a moment? Calmness, focus, discipline? What brings you away from the present moment? Stress, distraction, avoidance?
Cultivate your ability to be fully present and make the most of now!
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It is the holidays and one thing that is sure to happen is your having to change course. Perhaps the office is understaffed or distracted by the holidays and work isn’t getting done. Or, you had everything under control to balance work and life and now there is just too much to do. The stress of it all can be challenging.
One good way to deal with the nature of the holidays is to look at disruptions as a change in plans. Acknowledge what is happening, get present and decide the best course for you. That way, change or missed expectations do not get the better of you. Total control is an illusion. Best to ride with what happens, adjust your expectations and make the best of it.
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Some choices are challenging to make. As a result, you may close your eyes as you make them. You just push yourself through to the other side and get it over with. While this may seem easier to do at the time, there is a downside. The choice you are making may impact you later and you are not fully present when you are making it.
Being fully present to the choices you make allows you to lead your life where you want it to be. It may be difficult at times; however why close your eyes? It limits your view and does not serve you.
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Bringing flow to your workday brings a sense of ease, increases your productivity and reduces your stress. Creating flow can be challenging in the face of a fast pace, distractions and too much to do. Here are 10 ways to help you increase the flow of your workday.
1. Practice bringing yourself fully to the present moment once every hour and when you are feeling stress.
2. Take breaks every two hours, when possible, to re-center.
3. At least three days a week get a change of scene during your lunch.
4. Exercise three times a week during or outside of your workday.
5. Eat well and be aware of your sugar and caffeine intake during the day, so they do not disrupt your flow.
6. Set your priorities at the beginning of the day and follow them. If a crisis or something else disrupts your plan, make adjustments in the present moment.
7. Be realistic about the time it takes you to do something.
8. Develop awareness of the extent to which your mind rules your day both in positive and negative ways.
9. Make a commitment to flow and balance in your life.
10. Recognize and celebrate the workdays in which you flow well.
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