I set off to work feeling quite chuffed. On time, lunch sorted and my little boy, Noah, happy at play group.
Two miles down the road it struck me, I’d forgotten my phone! Not to be deterred I carried on to work rather than turning back. It actually the best thing that could have happened.
Now I’m not saying I’d do without my phone every day. There are often good reasons why I need it and why I need to be in contact with the world.
As a one off though it was a brilliant exercise in mindfulness. I had not realised what a distraction my phone had become. Emails, Facebook, what’s app, snap chat, texts…all there to pull your mind off in different directions.
A couple of times I found myself reaching for my jacket pocket before remembering it wasn’t there. It didn’t take long to adapt though, and then I noticed the benefits.
My mind was so focused and I concentrated for longer periods of time. Everything seemed clearer, simpler and even more enjoyable. I really listened to people, heard what they were saying for real, not just making the right noises to make them think I was!
On my breaks I was more sociable with my colleagues. Being the tea lady was a pleasure rather than a chore, time to take a genuine interest in others and how their days were going. When I got back to my computer screen my eyes had actually had a proper rest and felt ready to go again.
Concentrating on one thing at once is a great challenge for us all. We grow up learning to multitask. Alway doing multiple jobs under the pretence that it saves time. In reality perhaps it doesn’t really make us more efficient. Perhaps a stitch in time really does save nine. Less mistakes and better results.
So perhaps think about the distractions in your day. Do you have times where you leave your phone/iPad/laptop alone and just focus on what you are actually doing? Can you do just one job at once?
It’s amazing how easy it is to be a slave to your phone. Sometimes taking step back can do a world of good. It puts things back in perspective.
When I got home there were no urgent messages. I’d not missed out on anything. No one had missed me. Everything was fine.
Come on a revitalise day to have a break from all the distractions in your life. Allow yourself to fully relax and be amazed at the benefits you discover.