Fully in the moment

By Philip Dodson

Thinking holds back doing.

A simple 1,2,3…go is all it takes.

Then staying completely present and focused on the thing you are doing, removing distraction, staying away from the mind and being completely immersed in the task.

Deep work requires deep focused consciousness, if you are in your thoughts, then the mind will sabotage and tempt you to distractions.

When thought comes, we can choose to witness it and let it go or we can choose to respond. When we respond to the voice in the head, then it is energised and a stream of thought will develop, pulling us away from what we are doing.

Our best work comes when we are fully in the moment and just simply observing our thoughts.

The relaxation/guilt circle

Then, when we are wanting to relax, we feel guilty about the things we haven’t yet completed or need to be done. Also, in the industrialised world, it is seen as bad not to be constantly busy.

Therefore, relaxation time is far from that, it is stressful and time where we make ourselves feel bad.

When we are wanting to work, to do things, to take action, we feel resentful because when we were supposed to be relaxing in the evening or the weekend, we didn’t, we felt guilty. Therefore, we didn’t get time to chill and now work seems like a chore.

So, we don’t do the work and when it is time to relax, guess what? Yep, the same circle repeats itself guilt – resentment – guilt – resentment and so on.

To break it, we need to do one thing, create a time when work ends, and begins again, a shutdown. During the shutdown, we switch off work, phones, email, text, and so on.

If you are doing a job that is so important that you can not switch off for 8-12 hours a day, then change it, for the rest of us, there is nothing so earth-shatteringly important that it can not wait a few hours.

This breaks the circle of guilt followed by resentment. We properly relax and therefore we are fully supercharged to do our work, we get more work done and soon we have more time to relax.