Hope Wissel, Unclutter Your Life

Living in the Moment

Are you living in the moment?  I know a Monday morning and I am asking right?  Are you thinking – where did the weekend go?  I never have enough time to get things done.  How am I going to squeeze all of this in this week?  Dreading heading back to work?

I have been there and on some days I am still there trying to answer those questions.  My weekend is usually on Monday and Tuesday when hubby is off but the questions are still the same.  When I worked full-time AND had my own business, I used to say “I am great at multi-tasking” but the truth was I was not living in the moment.  I was worried about what needed to get done or stressing over what hadn’t gotten done.  As a result, I missed what was happening AT THAT MOMENT!  I was physically at things but mentally not there.  I am sure that my daughter and family could attest to that fact.

In a counseling session this past week, we talked about that this exact thing.  When I jump backwards or forward and add “what if” into the scenario, I begin to start the slow decline into depression. I never realized how easy that slide was for me.  Okay, so you may not slide into depression but I am sure that stress and worry do become your friend (or enemy).

Here are two quotes that I came across over the weekend that I am going to print and hang on my wall as a reminder to stay in the moment:

Multi-tasking is the only thing that gets worse with practice. If you’re fully present, you’ll have all the time to do what you need to do. Dr. Deepak Chopra

You can say YES to this moment and experience a joy that cannot be put into words.  From pastor and best-selling author of Love Wins Rob Bell

As we start the last week of January, for those of us in direct sales this is crunch time.  This is when you begin to stress about whether or not you have reached your monthly goals.  Or has your team reached their goals.  This is when you begin to project how the lack of sales may or may not impact your life in the upcoming month.  I know, I am there right now.  I totally get it!

You become — not what you want — but what you believe.  Oprah

So, as I begin this Monday morning…. I BELIEVE that I will make my sales volume.  I BELIEVE that my team will make their sales.  I BELIEVE that I will fill my calendar in February.  I will NOT multi-task, I will do each thing on my list so that I can check it off.  When I start to lose focus and move out of the moment, I will STOP and re-focus.

So, who’s with me?  Who is ready to BELIEVE that they can stay in the moment?

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

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Creating Space

As I start on this journey to fulfill my dream, one of the things that I need to do is “create space”  that is supportive of my goals.  First step was organizing my office – yes, again!  I shouldn’t say organize, I should say eliminate or move things that keep me from living the life I love.  I moved things that distract me from reaching my goal – clutter on my desk, and those piles of things that I need (or think needs) to get done.  Back to touching a piece of paper once – trash, file in the tickler to do later or take action NOW.

I am learning that “Multitasking is not efficient!”.  WOW! That was definitely a mind blower for me.  What about you?  I have forever thought I was a great multi-tasker and got a lot of things done as a result.  As I look back on the past few weeks, my attempts to multi-task has put more stress on me.  I love this quote by John Medina,

“While you think you’re good at multitasking, what you’re really doing is time slicing. You lose time each time you change tasks and your likelihood of errors increases by 50%. People who push the brain in an attempt to multitask have more anxiety, panic attacks and stress. While multitasking is typical of thousands of people, they should stop trying. You can’t do it. It is not mobilizing your God given IQ.”

So changing my space meant changing the way I think so that I do one task at a time until completed – this is definitely going to be a learning curve for me.  I am now going to block even 10 minutes spams to complete ONE task – whether it be a call to a customer or a hostess or spending time with hubby.

I can’t do it all and neither can you. Creating space will also mean asking for help to do tasks in my office.  I am confidence that this simple change will have me less stressed, more productive and thus reaching my goals.

What changes are you making to create a space that enhances your goals?

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!