Happy New Year, peeps! I love the fresh smell of a new year. We’ve had a chance to reflect on the good, the bad and the awesome of last year and now we turn our full attention to the bright, shiny promise of a fresh set of 365.
I don’t want to talk about resolutions today. Instead, I want to talk about something I’ve personally been wrestling with lately: over-thinking about work at work.
It happens like this: I start thinking about all the things I want to get done. And instead of getting everything into a system and working through each of them without another thought, I dwell. I’m not talking about useful thinking (like planning, organizing or brainstorming). I’m talking about thinking instead of doing. And it usually happens when we’re stressed out or overwhelmed by the amount of things we have to do.
So here’s what I’m reminded to do this time of year: let go and keep all of my energy in the moment.
I have exhausted myself thinking about all of the things I want to do in a given day. The end result is that I’m not very productive, but I feel like I put in a 14-hour day. Instead of being burdened by worry, I’m going to let go of it. In this moment, I’ll ask myself, what can I do? Or what do I really want? How do I live in the moment? And I’ll focus on the positive and on staying in action.
Our lives don’t have to feel as busy or as incomplete as they sometimes do. When we cut out all of the exhausting noise in our heads and get back to the actual moment at hand, life opens up. It gets fun and easy. We get important work done and we have time for even more important things, like snuggling pugs.
How much energy are you losing each day to worry and guilt? What would happen if you just let go of those toxic emotions and focused only on the moment you’re in (and the task at hand)?
It’s not always easy. I like to meditate, work out and go for a walk to get me back into the present. Sometimes it just takes a couple of deep breaths. I’d love to know how you stay present (and in action) when worry starts to creep in. Please share in the comments below.