Anna Healy is a life and business coach based in West Cork. She is available for consultations by appointment. Phone Anna on 087-2427848 www.annahealy.ie
Do you ever feel that another week has gone by and you have nothing to show for it? Do you want to get more out of your week but don’t know where to start? We can’t manipulate time but we can change our habits around how we achieve our goals.
First things first…Are you in the right frame of mind to get work done today or did you fall out of the wrong side of the bed? Stop for a few minutes each morning to take a breath and become aware of your body and how you are feeling, listen to what is going on with your body and with the thoughts that are racing in your mind. Are you relaxed? Are you stressed? Are your thoughts positive or negative? Don’t judge what you become aware of, just listen to your body and see what it is saying to you.
Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us. When we are not mindful, we can be reactive or distracted or running on auto-pilot.
Life can be pretty busy and it is easy to become distracted by all the happenings around us. Mindfulness helps us keep on track of what we are doing, by bringing us back to present. When you are doing any activity, be it in work or at home, ask yourself this simple question:
Where should my attention be right now? This will help you become more aware of your habits and become more focused on the present.
I will give you a perfect example, when I decided to write this article I gave myself a comfortable realistic deadline to work to, and then when it came towards the end of that timeline – when I really had to get the article completed – I cleaned the kitchen, tidied the sitting room, put the kettle on and had a cuppa, scrolled through facebook and then sat down to write! Not a productive work day but a clean house I suppose! If I had checked in with myself during this time and asked myself the question, I would have caught myself quicker and realised that I was avoiding my work and maybe would have refocused more quickly. And I know that I am not alone in this – tell the truth, how many times did that happen to you this week?
Learn to say NO!
• NO to time wasting
• NO to procrastination.
• NO to crazy overloading or multi-tasking.
• NO to avoidance.
• NO to cramming.
All these practices are not mindful practices and we know it can cause added stress in the long term.
So what are you going to do right now? Choose one behaviour that you know is holding you back from being the best you can be. Check in with yourself regularly, become more mindful in your practice, become aware of the reasons behind what you are doing right now, in the present and redirect your focus if necessary. You will be amazed with the change it can bring to your day.