Put your hand up if your mind races.  Mine too.  I’m the type of person who – back in the day when I was a dirty smoker – would have 2 cigarettes on the go because I’d forgotten I’d lit the first one.  Or I have 12 tabs open on my computer screen.  Or I eat breakfast with one hand on my iPhone while reading my twitter feed on my iPad.  And the worst thing is I’m not doing much of anything really.

If this sounds like you then I highly recommend you give up smoking… and try one or all of these three ideas (but definitely not all at once!)

1. For the action oriented types – write a VERY SHORT priority list every day.

I mean really really short – one, two or three things at the most.  They might come from a much longer to-do list but the point of the short priority list is that you commit to getting those things done before anything else.  That way when you go to sleep at night you can feel happy that you achieved something that day.

I put this into practice recently.  I’ve been feeling a bit overwhelmed with all the stuff I have to do and occasionally I found myself feeling anxious at my part-time job thinking I wasn’t achieving anything.  The next day my very short priority list had one item – work at the part-time job.  That’s it!  Straight away I freed myself from all that anxiety because I only had one thing to do.  And I was doing it.

2. For the busy executive types – sit in meditation every day

Is that giggling I hear (or just outright guffawing?) If you think you don’t have time then ponder these wise words – “You should sit in meditation for 20 minutes every day.  Unless you are too busy.  Then you should sit for an hour.”

I have just recently gotten back on the meditation bandwagon.  I’ve never felt like I was “good” at it but I am starting to realise that being good at it isn’t really the point.  I have been following the program at Headspace which is gives you great tips to get started and also explains how meditation works.  You can try it for free for 10 days.  Why not challenge yourself and see what difference it makes.

3. For the child in all of us – try colouring in

So… maybe one of those internet tabs I had open was for Buzzfeed.  And maybe I should’ve been doing something else.  BUT, I came across this gorgeous article about colouring in books for adults.  And I bought one.  And I love it.  Besides having to choose colours and making sure you don’t go  outside the lines there is not much else you can do while colouring in.  You can’t browse the web, or pay bills or even talk much.  You just go into your own little world and chill out.  I highly recommend it!

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