I’m going to be completely honest. The past few weeks were not the best for me. I was exhausted and lacking energy, my body was ready for my infusion, and I was so overcommitted. I had managed to get involved in things that I really didn’t care about, and it was making me miserable. I was unpleasant to my family and friends, and I was not a very good girlfriend.
And then my boyfriend sent me a blog post that he stumbled across about being present, and it was a game changer.
During the two “unhappy weeks,” I rushed from meeting to meeting, came home, ate dinner, and then holed up in the bedroom to work on my blog. To me, it was my escape. But I wasn’t spending time with my boyfriend, and I was horrible at texting my friends back. After reading the post about being present, I became aware of my behavior. I created a list of goals, and I changed up my post-work routine so that I was able to balance life a little better.
1. Say No. I’ve written so many blog posts about my struggle with saying no. But now, I’m not going to feel guilty for saying no if someone asks me to come to a meeting on the only day that I don’t have meetings after work.
2. Put the computer away. I really make a point to respond to every single comment that I get, but it can get very time consuming! I’ve realized that sometimes I need to let comments go unanswered (but not unread!) and spend that time watching a movie with my boyfriend or taking a long walk with my dog.
3. Enjoy the moment. I’m trying to focus on the moment that I’m currently in without letting what I have to do at work the next day loom over my head.
4. Try new things. I think that it’s so easy to get stuck in a rut, but part of my goal with being present and enjoying the moment is trying new things!
Now I want to hear from you – what do you do to “be present?” Any tips you want to share with me?