Where Does All the Time Go

We think we are busy, and we are doing things. We believe we are making progress. Check on yourself. Once an hour, stop and ask, “what did I do for the last hour.” If you can show an hour’s worth of work, you are doing great. If not, it is time to take a more in-depth look.

Time does not have the ability to sneak away. Time is just there. Our brain, on the other hand, can very quickly deviate from the tasks we are trying to accomplish and move on to other thoughts. We are working hard, and the brain starts to drift off track into ‘what ifs,’ mine games, ‘who’da-thunk’ thoughts, and many other dark avenues. The mind stays just enough on the topic to make us think everything is fine; when actually, we are leaking the productivity of valuable time at a tremendous rate.

Even worse, the body is losing precious energy doing so. The brain can eat more calories than any race you will ever run.  Keeping all the synapses firing and the electricity flowing to come up with all those thoughts is draining. Concentrating will help you stay on task and will probably save you a significant amount of energy along the way.

These are just things to think of as you work. Yes, I know, one more thing for us to burn energy over.

Thank you for being with me today. I hope to be with you again tomorrow.

Stay in the Moment

Whatever you are doing, stay focused on what it is.  As humans, we have a tendency to drift.  One thought will lead to another, and then to another, and the next thing you know, you are no longer focused on the present.  This is the time when accidents happen. 

People don’t forget what they are doing, it is just that the present task goes on autopilot.  You were cooking dinner or driving to work only now your mind has you thinking about what is on the radio, or the book you are writing, or the fight you had with your boss or a coworker.  And that is dangerous.

It does not matter what the mind is thinking, it is just not thinking of boiling water and a 400-degree oven, or the quarter-ton car that you are driving down the street.  Once your mind starts to drift, then you may no longer be in control, and fate takes over.  Be sure to keep focused on what is most important. 

Take the time to get quality rest and give yourself the appropriate time and place to concentrate on your thought where it is safe to do so.  Then, put those thoughts into a proper hold box in your mind until it is safe to bring them back out.  Do not let thoughts and ideas get in the way of your activities that require total concentration.

Clearing your mind and focusing takes work.  Meditation is part of it (not while driving.) So are setting times to calm down and think.  When you do so, use both your rational and emotional mind.  Be sure to use them in the appropriate measure.  And as always, everything you do should be done safely.

Thank you for being with me today.  I hope to be with you again tomorrow.

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