4. Do things by hand
Years ago, when machines and robots were coming into the world, everyone thought that eventually, no one would have to work, or at least, work very little. Since the invention of technology, however, work has seemed to increase.
Although there are many benefits from washing machines to dishwashers, something is lost. For some, the act of doing dishes is therapeutic. It not only cleans dirty dishes but somehow cleanses some people’s souls.
You might not have time every day, but why not consider doing some things by hand? Maybe get a manual coffee grinder and grind your coffee each morning. Or, replace your instant oatmeal with oatmeal that requires you to stir the pot.
The word journal can be a scary word for many. It might bring visions of notebooks, writing pages and pages of prose every night before bed.
Although journaling certainly can be writing every thought and feeling onto paper, it doesn’t have to. It could be as simple as writing down one moment in the day you felt most alive or most happy, and then writing down one moment in the day you felt least alive and least satisfied.
You don’t need to use a bounded notebook, however. Feel free to use whatever is most effortless for you. It could be the whiteboard calendar on your fridge or a google doc.
6. Think about other people
When life gets busy, it’s easy to get entrenched in our little world and bubble. Seeing a person regularly, even talking to them, does not ensure that you are solely focused on them. Because you might not have the time to engage in a full-length, in-depth conversation with a person, you can simply stop, pause, and think of them.
Think of how grateful you are for them. Think of a fond memory. Think of something you hope and want for them. Think about how great they are and how you wish to be more like them in some ways.
If helpful, you might want to set up a calendar of people’s names to think of each day. Or you might have a master list you review every day or two, selecting a few and thinking about this consciously and lovingly.
7. Eliminate distractions
Research suggests that merely having a phone in your pocket or on the table makes the person less attentive to the people they are with. The feeling or seeing of a phone automatically generates within the person the stress of email or the possibility of something more interesting to focus on.
As much as you can, try to eliminate technology in the morning, before bed, and with people. Consider putting it on autopilot, or do not disturb. Or simply put it physically away so you can’t feel it or see it. This is one of the most important strategies to increasing mindfulness!
“The most dangerous distractions are the ones you love, but that don’t love you back.” – Warren Buffet
Mindful at all times
Unlike a party or a new company, where the context is generally fixed, our outer and inner world are not. The situation, the setting is always changing.
If life is a journey, we are continuously going down sidewalks and crossing streets. Although it may seem like a lot of effort or may cost a lot, mindfulness comes with a very high reward— you’ll much more likely get to where you’re going and much less likely to get hit by a car.
How do you remain mindful in your life? Share your thoughts with us below!