Mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a calming technique.
- Choose to be Present on Purpose
Make a decision at the beginning of the day about what you want to accomplish
Slow down a little bit
Remember WHY you are doing what you choose to do
Focus on one thing until it is done
2. Reward Yourself
Check things off and give yourself a pat on the back
3. Be Organized and Flexible
Build charts, lists, picture and anything you love to keep all your work moving. I modified the Agile approach: TO DO, IN PROGRESS, STUCK, DONE. I used to do it with Post-Its on the wall (so fun) but now it’s in a spreadsheet
4. Be Explicit
If you need someone to do something, be very explicit about what you want them to do and by when. In our multitasking, we’re sending cryptic emails and confusing requests (guilty as charged)
5. Check Back aka ‘close the loop’
Use your tracking (#3) to follow-up and see how things are going at least once a week.
6. Embrace Your Family
Be careful of your energy – don’t use it all up before you get home every day. The energy at home is much more important.
With these tiny and easy ideas, you are well prepared to grow your emotional muscle as much as you want. Here’s an interesting poem shared by Parker Palmer (mentioned at the start) to encourage: