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3 Mindful Practices to Help Get the Most Important Things Done in Your Day

Even though there are 24 hours in a day, there still isn’t enough time in the day to do everything that comes our way.

During the day, we’ll have a number of planned to dos, and then there those unexpected tasks or emergencies that pop up that we also take on. Most times, when we take on these unexpected tasks, we’ll want to address those immediately, moving our planned to dos move to the bottom of the list.

At first glance, when unexpected tasks pop up, they seem like pretty easy things to take on, however, often times, when we dig in, we find that these tasks take more time than we initially thought.

Even before we can assess the priority of these tasks, our gut kicks in trying to get the situation under control without giving us time to think things through, and moving us into action.

This is where mindfulness practices can help shift our thinking to help us filter through some of the noise to get the most important things done during our day.

These 3 Mindful Practices will keep your day on track

1) Take a Moment to Breath

The first step is pretty simple, but the most critical. Taking 3 deep breaths. When we take a breath, it allows us to take a moment to clear our heads, and digest the situation at hand.

2) Evaluate and Take Note

This is probably the hardest part of the process.

When we evaluate which events to take on, just asking a simple question, how will this impact the rest of my to dos, will give us space to think a bit more clearly.

By jotting these surprises or emergencies, it might not solve the task or emergency at hand, but if we keep track of these issues, it could point to a larger issue we’re not seeing.

3) Commit to Doing it or Let it Go

Finally, decide on an action plan, and go with it.

We don’t have to do it all, and in some cases when we try to do it all,  it can cost us an opportunity that might be more valuable to take on.

By committing to these three mindful practices, we can invite more peace during those stormy moments, allowing ourselves to take control of the situation, and get the work we need to get done. 

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