Good morning! Iâ€™m having a mighty fine morning. I slept well, rose early, and hammered out some work. Wahoo!
Breakfast included Panda Puffs, salty pumpkin seeds, blueberries, and blackberries. I love all the competing sweet/salty flavors.
So, the comments on my Doing Less post were SO good. Truly. Not surprisingly, the feeling of getting bogged down by the day-to-day tasks and losing sight of the big picture is pretty common! Whether we simply have too much on our plate or weâ€™re just too distracted by Facebook and Twitter (guilty as charged), it is possible to take control back and f-o-c-u-s on what really matters. You just have to make the effort!
You all had such good feedback and advice on how to thwart this problemâ€¦ I thought Iâ€™d share a few of the standout thoughts:
Kelly said, â€œOne of my resolutions this year was to work on â€œbeing present.â€ I have so much rollinâ€™ around in this silly head of mine, and I THINK I am multitasking, but alas, nothing gets done or it takes me forever. If I work on one task, finish it and then move onto the others, then I feel better, I feel more productive, I feel more calm.â€
Katie of Cabbage Ranch said, â€œMy enemies are procrastination and sidetracking. I help myself most by making a To Do list. If something doesnâ€™t make the task list, that means itâ€™s not a priority.â€
Megan @ On the Road Again said, â€œOne of the ways I get through the days is to think about what I DID get accomplished that day. Focusing on what does get done helps me to destress over all of the things I havenâ€™t gotten to yet.â€
Sarah @ w30 swears by sniffing peppermint oil. She says it helps relax her and improve her concentration.
Erin says, â€œI have found that keeping LOTS of visual reminders of the Big Picture really helps. I have my yearly goals posted above my desk, I have the same thing at my work desk, I keep quotes and sayings that motivate me everywhere and finally, I love just sitting with a cup of tea and some toast and day dreaming about the future. It gives me time to just think about my goals and where I want to be.â€
Michelle recommended the Cerra website. She said, â€œI rolled my eyes at it at first, but then I figured, I need a break. Iâ€™ve only done 2 of them, but I gotta say, it calmed and centered me and I felt like I had more perspective after.â€
Rachel said, â€œI actually make my work email passwords variations of â€œFocusâ€ (with other stuff added in). It reminds me of the game plan every single time I log in.â€