Today I was doing some jobs around the house. Noah was having an afternoon nap and the house was unusually quiet.
I took the opportunity to use my mindfulness whilst I worked on everyday cleaning and tidying.
Most household chores seem so mundane and ordinary. Because of this we tend to pay little attention to them.
However, if you can learn to use the jobs, to train your brain to stay present in the moment, you really can make a difference.
The technique I used today is really simple. All you need to do is to start to notice the beginning and end of each task.
So I was putting away the shopping and I paid attention from the moment I picked up the new pack of rice, through opening the cupboard, putting it on the shelf and then closing the door again.
And then I decided to hoover. So I focussed on what I was doing as I got it out, plugged it in, went round the rooms, unplugged it again and put it away. This was more challenging as the task lasted for longer. So each time my mind wandered I brought it back to what I was doing and refocussed.
By diverting your attention back to the task you train your brain to focus. Your brain learns by repetition to concentrate as you ask it to. The more you do it the better you get.
So give it a try. See how much focus you can give to whatever you are doing. If you struggle to remember use the post it note trick. Put them up around the house and each time your mind has wandered you will notice the post it and be brought right back to the moment.
Come on a Revitalise Session to learn more everyday ways to be mindful. You will love the difference it makes. The ordinary really does become extra ordinary.