There are a few tools I have been using which are helping me conserve my energy so I can invest it in productive tasks rather than wasting it on negative thinking.
In his book, Flow, MC talks about what flow is, the “activation energy” that flow requires, what the effects are, and so on, but he doesn’t really address how to overcome the negative, distracted, defeated thinking that prevents flow or how to ease oneself into the flow state. I just read a couple of books by Neil Fiore: Awaken Your Strongest Self and The Now Habit. In these books, he actually cites MC’s research on the flow state, but he also offers some centering exercises to help with the transition from fear, anxiety, and worry into the calm, focused, creative energy of the flow mindset. He suggests using these various centering exercises each time you start to work on a new project. I’ve decided to record these exercises on my phone so that they are easily accessible wherever I am, whatever I am doing. I can just pop in my earpiece and no one will be the wiser. It will be interesting to see how this tool impacts my attitude about work, performance, and productivity.
Another entry in my Book of Hours…
Today, I will concentrate on completing one task at a time… slowly… with care and attentiveness…each hour of the day until the day is over. I will move through my day serenely by bringing all my attention and conscious awareness to whatever I am doing. By staying mindful, I nurture the inner peace that comes from living fully in the present moment. I will accomplish all I set out to do and need to do with ease, efficiency, pleasure, and satisfaction as I merge mind, body, and spirit with the task at hand.
~Adapted from Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach
I review this every morning as I’m sipping my fruit smoothie for breakfast. Throughout the day, I’m noticing myself repeating the “care and attentiveness” part as I’m going about my daily tasks. It’s starting to sink in….very….slowly.
This is a GREAT adapation of the 23rd Psalm (for Busy People) by Toki Miyashina
The Lord is my pacesetter, I shall not rush.
He makes me stop and rest for quiet intervals.
He provides me with images of stillness, which restore my serenity.
He leads me in ways of efficiency through calmness of mind and His guidance is peace. Even though I have a great many things to accomplish this day, I will not fret for His presence is here.
His timelessness, His all-importance will keep me in balance. He prepares refreshment and renewal in the midst of my activity by anointing my mind with oils of tranquility.
My cup of joyous energy overflows.
Surely harmony and effectiveness shall be the fruits of my hours for I shall walk in the pace of my Lord and dwell in His house forever.
I want to see my cup of JOYOUS ENERGY continuously overflowing. Thank you God!
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