Ever been in a work meeting listening to someone talk, think of something you want to say, and then struggle to keep listening while simultaneously remembering the point you want to make?
It’s hard! I basically can’t do it. Either I effectively stop listening or lose my thought entirely.
But if I have paper and pen with me and jot down a note quickly to remind myself of my point, I can get back to listening with all I’ve got, trusting that I’ll see my note at some point during the meeting.
For me, that ability (or lack thereof) to focus applies to everything.
If I’m trying to focus on researching an issue and thoughts keep zinging through my head about when I’ll call that other client back or when I’ll go to the grocery store before dinner, well – nothing’s getting done fast or well.
And if I’m trying to enjoy time with my little one, and keep worrying I won’t remember to email that client back, I’m not able to really be there with her.
But if I can get those things down in writing in a system I can TRUST to remind me to do it when I need to do it, then I can get back to focusing on what’s in front of me – work, family or even a fun book.
When you create a system where everything you need to do is accounted for in your calendar and will alert you when you need to do it, your brain is free to focus on the important stuff.
You can focus on what’s in front of you. You can be present.
It’s that simple.
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