I want you to take one minute now to do exactly as I say. Read the full set of instructions below and then act them out immediately before you forget…
- Stop what you are doing.
- Close your eyes.
- Take 5 slow deep breaths.
- Listen to the sounds around you.
- Stay in the moment for one minute.
- Open your eyes and read on. Slowly and deliberately.
Lately my mind has been all over the place flitting from one thing to another hardly taking time out to savour the moment. A couple of times I found myself really concentrating on what I was doing and it was a very good feeling. I slowed down, focused and took time to really complete my task to the best of my ability. I found myself actually enjoying these tasks even though they were chores like ironing, cooking and cleaning.
Instead of thinking negative thoughts like ‘I would rather be doing something else’ I honed my mind onto the positive feeling I could get out of the situation.
- Instead of rushing through the ironing like a crazed maniac I slowed my movements and really focused on pressing out each wrinkle. I gave myselfÂ time to think what was the best way to lay the article of clothing across the ironing board to get the best result. I think I actually got finished sooner because often in my haste I iron the odd crease in by mistake which can take some effort to get out.
- When cooking I gave full attention to each step of the process. I prepared the ingredients ahead instead of trying to chop, measure and stir all at once while cleaning as I go. We all know what a disaster that can be.
- With the cleaning I focused my mind on how good it feels to have a clean and tidy home and how good each area looked when completed. I concentrated on one small task at a time and as a result didn’t find myself running up and down the stairs or between rooms extra times because I forgot what I went there for in the first place.
Basically I slowed down and savoured the moment. I know you may be thinking that you are a busy person and you can’t afford such a luxury but you really can. Have you ever heard the expressions “The more haste the less speed.” or “Haste makes waste.” I am sure they were words of wisdom quoted from experience. Not only can it be counter productive when you aren’t focused on what you are doing but there is a good chance you aren’t getting any pleasure out of it either.
I wrote this post late on Wednesday night after I have given up trying and let my husband do a guest post for me that day. It suddenly occurred to me that I couldn’t write because my head wasn’t in it so I took 5 deep slow breaths and listened to the crickets outside in the night. That was enough to bring my mind out of its fog and get me back on track.
So remember to take 5 refocus your mind and be in the moment. It is a good use of your time and you might actually find that is saves you time in the long run.
Item 331 of 365 less things
An old plastic tool box that no longer has a purpose for us so it went off to the thrift shop with a bunch of other stuff today.
5 Things I am grateful for today
- Ceiling Fans – The weather is starting to warm up but the longer I can resist the aircon the better.
- Having the time in my day to practice what I preach – I know I am very fortunate.
- Hubby doing the thrift store run today – I usually do these myself but I was expecting a visitor so he went in my place.
- My Daughter wishing us a happy Thanksgiving – via text message on her way to work.
- How easy it is to do cleaning jobs around my home – I cleaned out and reorganised the pantry today and it took about 20 minutes because it was tidy and uncluttered to begin with.