Could washing the dishes wait?
If there’s a pile of washing up that needs to be done, could it wait for a bit? Is there really any need to do the dishes right now? When you do get round to doing them, nothing will have changed, they will still be the same dirty dishes.
Could vacuuming the lounge wait?
If the carpet is dirty and needs to be cleaned, could it wait for a bit? Is there any need to vacuum the lounge right now? When you do get round to doing it nothing will have changed, it will be the same dirty carpet as it is right now.
Could earning the next pound wait?
No matter how desperately you need it, could it wait for a bit? Is there really any need to earn that pound right now? When you do get round to earning it it will still be the same pound, whether you are earning now or in 10 min time.
I think we all recognise that it’s often so easy to get caught up in everything that needs to be done, we get so wrapped up in doing that we simply forget to be. I was reminded of this today, I decided about 18 months ago that I would have Wednesdays off, they would be my day to do whatever I wanted.
In recent months I’ve found that Wednesdays have turned into a day where I do lots of things, volunteering, training etc. This afternoon was different, I cancelled my motorcycle training that I had booked and just decided to do what ever I felt like.
I took a 20 min stroll down to the beach and cliffs and just sat.
I sat for half an hour and did nothing.
Just being and enjoying everything I could see around me. I could have chosen to do this at the weekend but things would have changed by then. Today was a sunny day, the cloud formations were lovely and the sea was calm… Everything that needed doing today could wait because life and the exquisiteness of today wasn’t waiting for me!
Take a moment
If the busyness of life is getting too much then here is what I recommend:
- Allocate 5 minutes in the day where you won’t be interrupted and can just sit quietly.
- Adopt the mindset that for the next 5 min you have nowhere to be and nothing to do, everything that needs doing is done.
- Say to yourself “Right now, I have nowhere to be and nothing to do, everything that needs doing is done”
- Take 11 breaths mindfully. Count each breath, be aware of how it feels to breathe in the air, through your nose, into your lungs and out again. Concentrate on each breath, gently breathe in and hold it for as long as you need and then breathe out as slowly as it takes.
- STOP. BE.
5 minutes is 0.34% of your day, are you worth it?
[Thanks to S.W. for the 11 breaths idea]