In the age of technology and multi-tasking, where a person is more connected to work and life outside the home, it has become more challenging for an individual to slow down in life and allow oneself time to reflect on how he or she is living life with awareness, rather than remaining on autopilot, responding to every curve ball and obstacle. It is understandable that a person's goals occasionally go astray when he or she is continuously reacting to every challenge and obstacle in life, rather than taking time out of his or her demanding schedule to reflect on their life and make active life choices. Every now and then, a person has the potential to become overwhelmed by life’s responsibility, taking on too many projects and becoming frustrated, and at these times, it is essential for an individual step back, reflect, and reboot.
Every person battles feeling inundated, frustrated, and exhausted by the burdens of the material world, given how hectic people’s tech-fueled, multi-tasking lives are and the speed at which everything occurs these days. Living consciously with a spiritual intention, a person actively notices the typical pressures to overwork, overdo, overcommit, and overschedule life, running from place to place, activity to activity, and never allowing a moment of freedom to breath and reflect. Society frequently romanticizes a simpler life, desiring the good old days when life was easier. By living life on purpose, a person occasionally steps out of life’s routines to evaluate themselves, examine how he or she lives, and reboot with new intentions to live mindfully with the goal to achieve their dreams.
A person has the habit of becoming trapped in a pattern of living reactively to life, without making conscious, mindful decisions for too long. An individual must give himself or herself permission to step away from a busy schedule and allow space to reflect. This period time, which can be as simple as a few quiet hours every week or every month, can provide a person with the means to reboot and recharge. Whatever the reason, remember, every person and every being is special and deserve to be happy in life.
Below are a few suggested tips on ways to stop and reflect on how a person lives life.
- Take on fewer projects and responsibility. It’s challenging to slow down and reflect when a person is attempting complete multiple tasks. Rather, a person should make the conscious choice to do less and focus on quality rather than quantity. Allow time between projects and appointments to move through the days at a reasonable pace.
- Single-task. The opposite of multi-tasking. Focus on one thing at a time. When you feel the urge to switch to other tasks, pause, breathe, and pull yourself back. Schedule each task in a calendar or task management software and allow no other distraction.
- Schedule Tech free Time. Allow for a time through the day and evening, when you do not check or respond to emails or phones unless required and urgent. Schedule time each day to follow up on emails, but do not respond to emails as they appear in your inbox. 1 – 2 hours before bed, turn off all electronics and create a bedtime routine that includes reading and reflecting on the day.
- Follow the Principles of the Miracle Morning: Read the book and implement into practice The Miracle Moring by Hal Elrod. Take time each morning to follow the morning SAVERS Hal created and explains in this book. The Life SAVERS to complete first thing each morning are Silent Mediation, Affirmations, Visualization, Exercise, Reading, and Scribing (writing).
- Do not compare to others. Avoid FOMO (fear of missing out). There are ups and downs to every situation. Trust you are where you are supposed to be and that everything happens for a reason. Do not compare your success or failures to others