Think less enjoy more.

Life is just so busy these days.  it seems like I always have a “to do” list a mile long and despite ticking things off like crazy it only ever seems to get longer.  And all the digital and mobile technology I have at my disposal often seems like it’s working against me and making me more busy not less.  I also have a young family and my own business (which I love) so there are always a thousand and one things happening every day and often very few moments of peace/down-time between these thousand and one things.  It seems like these days my brain is often going at a million miles an hour even when I’d prefer five miles an hour or even stopping completely.  I’m sure I’m not alone in feeling this way.  Maybe you can relate?

A Buddhist monk gazes out at the mountains

(You don’t have to become a buddhist monk to be “in the moment” more.  Although apparently they’re quite good at it).

Just this morning for example, I was taking the dog for a bike ride (on my way home from dropping the car at the auto-electrician – more multi-tasking) and we were riding along the very scenic Queenstown trail, crossing historic bridges and surrounded by braided rivers and snow capped mountains and blue-blue sky.  But my mind kept jumping to the things I had to get done when I got home, the things I had just thought of that I need to add to my to-do list, what was coming up later in the day (be it work or family time).  One of the things I have been working on recently is being present in the moment and not thinking about other things when I am doing something, no matter what that “something” is.  But it’s hard.  It seems my brain needs re-training.

Anyway, the reason I am telling you all of this is because these days I do spend a fair bit of time trying to find ways to make my life and my brain simpler and easier and more filled with rest-stops/down-time.  And I am going to share some of these ways and insights here on the fallon.co.nz blog from time to time.

Some of those ways might be technology & business related (eg using Google Inbox for email with a simpler interface and an easy way of reaching Inbox Zero or using a Social Media Management Tool like Sprout Social to handle all your social media stuff).  And some of it might be more mental, taking an approach to our day-to-day lives that is different to what we are accustomed to (including using the aforementioned technology less or at least more efficiently – for example installing an app like Offtime and the others mentioned here that monitors your phone usage so you can cut down on the constant checking of and unnecessary interaction with your phone).

Hopefully you find these posts and info helpful and inspiring and they help you to be in the moment more and get more enjoyment out of the things you do and the people you do them with.

Patrick