Thinking about the present day, present moment, seem to be quite difficult to do. We either think about yesterday or tomorrow.
Just look at your typical day: you are likely to talk about something that happened in the past – so first, in the morning at the breakfast table you talk about how the night went. Then at work on your lunch break you tend to describe your previous day/evening or weekend (if it is Monday). And at dinner you talk about your overall day in the office. You don’t even get up from the table and your focus is shifted to the next day’s activities and you start worrying about your schedule, workload, etc.
What about the present moment? What about the time you actually sit at the table with your family? Why don’t you enjoy that moment? Why not talk about how great the food is and the weather outside (if it is great, of course)
We are conditioned to spend most of our time in the past. So the phrases like: yesterday, in the past, when I was younger or remember this time last year, etc., seem to dominate our conversations.
Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing erroneous in cherishing your past, learning from your experiences and enjoying recalling past memories as long as you don’t forget to live your life today. You could argue with me right now, that thinking about the future is important, because that is where you are going to spend your life, but your everyday action form your future, therefore whatever you do will always have an impact on it.
That’s why living in the present moment is important. Live TODAY. Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today – this one single approach will determine your future actions; you will be more organized, productive, and you notice how much free time you have in your hands.
Today focus on your TODAY’s activates and workload (both business and personal). Do today’s works today ONLY. Leave yesterday behind, and tomorrow’s task should stay on tomorrow’s to–do list. Concentrate on today’s list of things you have planned to do; prioritize and do what has the biggest impact on your life. As Ralph Marston said: “What you do today can improve all your tomorrows”. Do not get trap in the aura of urgency – whenever something new comes up, assess it and then allocate on the appropriate list of task, and prioritize again, if needed.
So what was on your list of things to do today? Are you sure, all these things should have been done today? Did you get trapped in “urgent” non-urgent activities?
Do this analysis each evening – so you know how to improve when you get up the next day.
To your happiness…