I’ve recently started trying to be more “mindful.”
That is, I don’t push myself. If i’m fighting myself to get something done, and I’m searching for any way to procrastinate, which essentially results in an afternoon of nothing getting done (not even relaxing), I take a break. If I’m fighting myself to not get on Facebook while responding to emails, I shut the computer and read a chapter in my book. If I’m really not getting in to a movie that looked good, I shut it off and clean up the living room. I’m being mindful of how I feel and what I’m needing in a given moment. That way, when I’m relaxing, I can actually relax. And, on the flip side, If I’m not working but feel antsy, I focus on getting a task done. It’s been pretty effective so far.
I think that, by choosing to relax, I get more of a “rest.” My brain isn’t trying to remind me again and again of all the things that need to get done. Instead, I’m able to take a break and come back super refreshed. This post is actually kind of a break for me. I want to be focusing on work, but my mind is all over the place, I feel kind of hungry, and my little one just went down for a nap. Instead of trying to focus on working, I’m going to give myself a mental break so that, by the time his nap is over, I can get back to what I’ve been working on with more energy and focus.
If you’ve never read about mindfulness, you should check it out. It not only improves happiness, but it also improves your ability to focus and be productive in a given week. A certain day may have more breaks than others, but your mind will definitely thank you for it.
So what are you waiting for? Decide what you want to do, and do it mindfully!