The Most Important Thing on Busy Days

by Rachel Miller

August 23, 2022

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At the end of a busy day, when you’re laying your head on the pillow, here’s how you want to feel: happy and exhausted–in a good way!–not stressed and worn down. The days full of people and things to do and places to go–that is what life is all about. Here’s something to try next time you find yourself facing one of those busy and full, not-enough-time-to-do-everything-you-need-to-do types of days.

Consider:

  • The most important thing to remember today, especially on these full-jam-packed-full-days, is to reset your focus on the present. That means catch yourself when you’re thinking about later and actively absorb yourself in your surroundings–almost try to listen to them–focusing on that one thing at a time. Don’t worry about your next meeting as you’re driving, don’t worry about your upcoming project as you’re eating breakfast.

  • It won’t be perfect, but each repetition of bringing your thoughts back to the present makes a difference. Reset your mind by focusing on the physical feel of the steering wheel, the texture of your food, the details of the trees–these things will help you keep your energy where it needs to be, and help you maximize the pleasure of your day.

  • Life is meant to be enjoyed in every moment. Don’t rush through this one, don’t worry about the little time you have to do this one thing. Focus on what you can do with the time you have, and maximize it by doing what you can in that moment. If that means driving and you can’t be working on that project, then use this time to rest your mind from thinking about the upcoming task. Wherever you are, be there 100%.

  • When you approach your day in small compartments, you’ll find you get through with more energy than you even knew possible. The key is to keep your mind where you are at all times. It’s not easy, but it does get easier with practice–and the good news is, you feel the effects immediately! Each moment you bring your attention to where you presently are, you are immediately rewarded with a feeling of calm. If you’re facing a day like that today–consider using today to practice!

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