6 Ways To Become More Mindful + GTD
Keeping up with your New Year's resolution(s)? Many have set fitness goals and work-life balance as their main priorities for the next twelve months, but according to surveys, the winner seems to be "enjoying life to the fullest." But, how?
Looking back on 2015, I've found that practicing mindfulness -- even if only for a brief few minutes a day -- has had a major influence on how I perceive the world. Sure, I had to go through some rough patches, but I'm learning along the way to accept, appreciate, and let go. As far as 2016 is concerned, I haven't made any particular resolutions, but now more than ever I want to be more aware, present, and grateful of my every day life.
With the first month of 2016 already in the books (and a new venture moving full steam ahead), I've put together six actions towards being more mindful and moving forward.
The 6-C Plan to Keep Moving Forward
Your mind and the physical space around you. If you're trying to GTD with a cluttered mind, there's a chance that some things will be done with the hint chaos that helped create it.
If you've got a lot going on in your mente, clear some space.
There's a huge interconnection between the mind and body that we often become disconnected from because of external and internal factors. What were you thinking about this morning while you were brushing your teeth? Listening to the swishing of the bristles against your molars or planning your day?
Make a habit of becoming more aware of what distracts you. Notice it. Let it go.
Moments that inspire you, ideas that spark joy, opportunites that ignite your passion. Get back into hobbies, read more books, doodle, get creative when it comes to your daily nutrition.
Don't repress your creativity, express it!
There's only one YOU. Believe in yourself, in what you've done, in what you're doing, and in what you're about to do. Don't bother fishing for compliments, rather, change your chip.
Give words + phrases a more positive twist. Ejemplo: Instead of looking for "less stress" invite "more calm" into your world.
"Say what you mean and mean what you say," but rather than simply speaking, LISTEN. It's far more effective and powerful than speaking alone, and it requires you to be fully present and attentive.
I used to be big on waiting until "later" or the "right" moment to do something. What's wrong with right now every now and then? YOU'RE here now!
Pop open that bottle of bubbly, sparkling cider, or spirulina-charged smoothie + cheers to you.
Some other useful tips:
• Write it out. Journal, make lists, digitalize thoughts. Get it all out of your brain and somewhere you can see it. (Then organize your physical workspace or personal space.)
• Meditate. If it's so good for us, why are we making excuses instead of making time to fit into our day? The benefits of mediation are endless.
• Reconnect. Get your flow going through yoga and (again) meditation.
Lastly, start somewhere...it's the only way you're going to get anywhere!