Unless you’re focused on being mindful, it’s way too easy to drift mindlessly through your day. I know I’ve done it, and I’m willing to bet you have too. You know, those days where nothing really seems to get done because you’re always distracted and when you stop working for the day you wonder where all the time went. Mindless distractions and random surfing of Facebook can eat up way more time than we want to admit.
Practicing mindfulness or intentional living can help with the distractions, but it’s not something that comes easily to a lot of people. It’s a habit that’s worth developing though, if you really want to explode your productivity and feel a sense of accomplishment instead of overwhelm at the end of your day.
Here’s why intentional living can help…
Living intentionally means consciously deciding what to do with your time. Simply put, it lets you take back control over your time and attention.
It's not easy to stay productive when you're feeling distracted, overwhelmed, or anxious. When you practice living with intention, your focus stays intact, no matter how busy you are. Choosing what to do with each hour helps you feel less stressed while making the most of your time at work and at home.
Here are four tips that can help with that.
Center or ground yourself
When you notice that you're feeling scattered or frazzled, stop what you're doing for a second. Take a few deep breaths and turn your attention to the present moment. Ask yourself, "What do I need to be focusing on right now?" Give that one thing all of your attention, keeping your mind in the present.
Pay attention to your health
Your health makes a big impact on your overall well-being and productivity, so make a conscious decision to prioritize it. Eat well, get enough sleep, and get some exercise every day. Even small lifestyle changes can make a difference in your mood and energy levels.
Change your habits
Most of us have some mindless habits that can eat up a lot of time. Binging on Netflix, YouTube, or video games are good examples of this. When you consume content like this in moderation, it’s not a bad thing if you enjoy them.
But, if your mindless habits are sucking up too much of your time during the day it might be time to cut back on them. One way to do this is to decide in advance how much time you will allow yourself, and then set a timer to remind yourself when it’s time to stop.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Steven Covey
Be intentional with your time use
We all get twenty-four hours every day, but if you use your time well, it can feel like much more. Take a few minutes every morning to decide what you want to accomplish and when. Making a to-do list and then scheduling the tasks that are on it can help keep you on track. This simple tip can increase your everyday productivity dramatically.
As you can see, it’s not hard to begin living more intentionally. Small changes that help you be more aware of what you are doing in the present moment can help you build habits that lead to more mindful and intentional living.
Putting these tips into practice will help you be more intentional with both your time and attention. The end result will be a more mindful, happy and productive you.
Choose a tip and try it, then let me know how it works for you!