Do you exist in the present/in the moment or do you overstimulate/rush yourself on everyday basis?
Since my 2013 goal is to simplify my life and go back to basics instead of spreading myself thin between daily tasks, I found my new ‘calm’. I used to multitask like crazy thinking that it will save me time, energy and make me be more effective. Well, remember this? I came to realize that it actually does the opposite to my life and when recently I read this little article, I discovered how important it is to not skip on steps and just let yourself fully absorb any task from start to finish before moving onto the next part of your day:
"When you’re done eating, mindfully wash your bowl. When you’re done with anything, get in the habit of pausing before moving onto the next thing, and cleaning up after yourself. Put your food away. Put your clothes where they belong. Put your keys in one spot. Clean the sink before you leave it. This simple habit will keep you mindful while saving you lots of clean-up later."
That is why I love baking so much. Each step can't be rushed and you have to give your undivided attention to each part of the baking process or otherwise your cake won’t taste great. So, I adapted the same exact rule to everything from washing my breakfast bowl after granola, to my swimming routine, to meeting friends for a drink and even to making dinner. Each part of our task is important so why not give it your full attention? Plus, the last part makes for a fantastic transition where we can reflect, absorb and be present….Simple, isn't it?
Fancy trying it for a week to see how much more relaxed and centred you will become? You will enjoy all those things so much more too - promise! What do you think, are you up for a challenge? xo
P.S: A little wisdom to a happier you:)
P.P.S: Relaxing = productivity.
(via Darling Magazine. Photo by Sarah Copeland via A Well Traveled Woman)