Firstly think about what is important to you. What do you like to do. Where do you like to be. Who do you like being with. When was the last time you stopped to think about these things?
The answers to these questions will be different from person to person but getting the most out of life requires you to visit these questions every now and then. You need to check in with yourself and check you have not gone off course. If we unexpectedly find ourselves way off target it can seem like an impossible task getting back to where we want to be. We can go into a frenzy forgetting the most obvious of jobs, we might try writing lists, we might try post it notes everywhere, why not try being mindful?
Fitting in everything we want to do can be a real challenge. It certainly is for me, there are so many things I love to do. Flexibility is the key. Don’t tell yourself you have failed if you don’t get it all done. Recognise that it would have been nice if you had but certainly don’t beat yourself up if time gets the better of you.
Recently I have been getting up earlier and earlier to make sure I get my meditation done and the horses mucked out before Noah, my 2 year old, wakes up. I know that these are my priorities and I make the conscious decision that I am willing to get up early to make sure I do what I want to do. If I manage a ride or a run it is a real bonus. As long as I have meditated I can rest easy.
If the worst happens and I don’t get my meditation done, before my two year old, talking alarm clock, comes to find me, I make sure I do it later in the day. Even if your regular time gets interrupted try and make it a priority for later. If you don’t you can be left feeling dissatisfied and negative thoughts might start to creep in. Keep the situation in perspective, take the wider view. Let the negative thoughts pass and realise that they are just thoughts.
You might think that your meditation doesn’t feel as good as usual if you are not doing it at your regular time, but, there is really no such thing as a bad meditation session. You may just notice your mind in a different state at different times of the day. You can even turn the variation into a positive; you will really pay attention to your mind because you will be genuinely interested in how it is at a different time of the day.
Making sure you fit in the things you want to do can be a real challenge. Things crop up that can take us from our plans. If you become mindful in your everyday life you will be clear headed in setting your goals. You will become clear about what you want. You will achieve more because you won’t be distracted and when you get everything done, just as planned, you will feel an amazing sense of achievement. Put a Revitalise Day at the top of your ‘To Do’ list and the rest of it will become a breeze!