I have noticed recently when I am reading, that I almost can’t make it through two pages without having to go back and read it again because my mind is jumping elsewhere.
Keeping the focus on what you are doing can be difficult for something as simple as reading a book or as complex as your entire life. There are more distractions than ever available to us.
I believe that we have reached a point where the old saying is true – sometimes more isn’t better it’s just more!
The other night I rode with my wife to pick up a friend from the airport. On the way home, I let them ride up front to talk and I actually laid down in the back seat. Yeah – just like when I was a kid. I had that hum of the road and the voices in the front seat that I remembered hearing as a kid. Somehow in that moment I was a kid again transferred back to a simpler time and simpler needs. All that I needed to do in that moment was lay there and listen. It was one of the most relaxing hours that I have had in a while.
We need practical steps to relax and calm our brains, here are a few that I am trying:
- Stop trying to multi-task. Multi-tasking doesn’t really exist!
- Find a place away once a day. Take your chair outside sit in the middle of the yard, if you must, but take 20 minutes outside, out of the ordinary or out of your comfort zone. When I had my own office, I used to lay down on the floor under my desk to get a new perspective. It really works!!
- For gosh sakes go to bed. You’ve read this before, heard it a thousand times, and said: “I need to get more rest”. Do it dumb-dumb! It may be the biggest return on the easiest step that you have taken.
- Act like a kid. Lay on your bed, hang your head off of it and just breath. Remember doing that as a kid. Make that weird noise that you used to make as a kid or fill the bathtub up with water and put your feet in it for 20 minutes for no other reason than the feeling of it. Be a kid!
What are your ideas? Put them in the comments! I would love to hear your thoughts!