It’s 8 AM on Monday morning and you have settled in at your desk to prioritize your day. With your top three important tasks clearly outlined, you dive into the first project. Before you even realize it has happened your mind has wandered away from what you are working on. You find yourself thinking about the school function you need to attend this evening and you can’t forget to leave work on time. You remember the promise you made to a co-worker to get them a report yesterday. You wonder how your Mom is doing as you haven’t called her yet this week…and this is just in the first few minutes of your day.
Do you have a busy mind?
As a mother, wife, and business owner, I struggle with what I like to call “Monkey Brain.” My head is so full of thoughts, feelings, and to-do lists similar to the way a monkey would jump around from one thing to another and back again.
Research on brain science estimates that the mind thinks between 60,000-80,000 thoughts a day. That’s an average of 2,500-3,000 thoughts per hour. That’s incredible! These thoughts are happening automatically, yet we do have the ability to slow them down.
I would like to share with you how I intentionally quiet my mind for more peace, better focus, and the ability to be present.
First, you simply need to make the time to stop and take a break. This is the only way to train the mind to quiet down. You may think, as I used to, that you are too busy to do this. You are behind; you have a pressing deadline; you feel overwhelmed. In times of extreme pressure, it is even more important to stop.
Try this simple exercise to calm your mind:
Though we can’t eliminate the thousands of thoughts that go through our head each day, we do have the power to train our brain to rest and focus. By taking the time to calm your mind, you can eliminate your monkey brain and get back to the task at hand.
Train your mind to be calm and you will increase your focus and productivity.
“To the mind that is still the whole universe surrenders.” – Lao Tuzla