4 Ways I’m Trying to be More Present
With all the distracts we have today, being present is extremely difficult. Earlier this evening, I was on the phone with my boyfriend and scrolling through Instagram at the same exact time. For some reason, I’m constantly feeling like I always have to be doing multiple things at once. Giving one thing my complete, undivided attention is something that is slowly becoming more and more foreign. So in order for me to recover from my multi-tasking behaviors, here are four ways I’m trying to be more present.
Work on One Task at a Time
The biggest thing I need to work on is not doing a million things at once. Do I need to blog and watch scandal at the same time? Do I need a podcast going on while I look at data? Do I need to be scrolling through Instagram while I’m on the phone? No, no, and double no. It’s time to refocus on one thing at a time and be present for that thing.
Save the Gram for Later
Let’s face it, Instagram has taken over our lives. We are now in the world where we want to document everything. Tripped over a step? Document it. First bite of that cookie? Take a snap. Celebrating an anniversary? Did it really happen if you didn’t take a picture? Instead of taking pictures and posting them immediately, I try to stop and enjoy the moment. I try to wait until I have a moment alone or right before bed for me to post stories. By doing this, you won’t take away from the moment but you’ll still preserve it. Also, some moments aren’t needed to be documented – something I’m still working on.
No Phones at the Dinner Table
This is a rule my parents enforced ever since we were little. My dad was recently telling me about a survey that found out most families only had dinners together once a week. Even though both my parents worked crazy schedules we always found a way to sit down together with our phones far, far away. So take the brunch shot and then put your phone away. You can actually post it once the fun is done.
Set a Schedule or Timer
I was thinking the other day about how many times I check my phone. Honestly, I would be embarrassed to know the answer to my question. I decided I’m going to start implementing times in my work day where I can check my phone. During the day I will put the “do not disturb” option on and only check my phone on either every hour mark or every other hour. I know it is going to be challenging at first but I really need to get better at my phone consumption.
How do you stay more present with the never-ending technology? I would love to know your thoughts and suggestions. Let me know in the comments down below.
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These are all really great suggestions! Focusing on one task at a time is something I’ve been trying to do too. It’s so easy to just scroll through social media while doing something else. And I love the idea of only checking the phone at certain times of the day. It’s hard but it is definitely worth it in the end. Best of luck with this and thank you for the ideas!
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I couldn’t agree more! It has become such a terrible habit of mine so I’m trying to be better!
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These are great suggestions, my friend. I do these too well, sometimes I forget to post 🙂 🙂
Hahha, I need to be on that level!
Scheduling a timer is such a good idea.
It’s been really helpful for me!
Love this post! I have been so bad about being present lately – I half blame the summer and half blame myself for getting so bad! My boyfriend and I used to never be on our phones when we were spending time together but have been so bad about this lately. I need to get it together!
Oh my goodness, I think the summer is definitely the cause for a good amount of it. We just need to take it one step at a time to get back on track and be more present!
Girrrrrrl, this TOTALLY resonates with me- I am the queen of trying to do it all at once! I call it efficient- and sometimes it is- but it really limits me being present, for sure. I need to work on these things and I love your tips!
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It’s so hard to not do a million things at once – especially when you’re running a blog. Hopefully one of these ways can help you stay a little bit more present!
This is so important yet so hard with the high demands that we set on ourselves. For me it is not so much my blog as it is my full-time job. Between my phone ringing with e-mails all day long, my head revolving around the same ideas over and over again, and the piles of work, it is so hard to focus on the present. Truth is, we only sell an amount of time to work, not more than a third of our day, an our loved ones need us, like we need them.
These are all very wonderful tips to stay present! Being present is definitely something I struggle with, but it’s something I am actively working on this year.
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This is such a beautiful read dear. Working on one task at a time can actually help you accomplish more things.
Jessica | notjessfashion.com
I also make a point to set aside my phone especially when I am out with friends. It’s feels so good to be present!