by Margaret Moore, author of Organize Your Mind, Organize Your Life (Harlequin Nonfiction)
I often say to myself that I love my life but there is just too much of it for my mind to manage day in and day out. Most people in the full swing of adult life feel the same way and wish to ourselves that we could get off of the train and catch our collective breath. The beginning of a new year is often an overstuffed time. We wish we had more to time to properly close one year and reflect well on its lessons and gifts. We are still recovering from juggling all of the holiday balls. And we want to get into a good state of mind for the new year.
One of the precious lessons from our book Organize Your Mind, Organize Your Life, is to appreciate the brain’s natural rhythm of alternating intense focus and recovery – devote all of our brain’s resources to unitasking, one task at a time, for at least a good part of the day, so that we are productive, creative, strategic, even brilliant from time to time. Watch others light up when we give them our full attention.
But just as important are brain breaks. A few moments every hour or so when we get out of our chairs and move our bodies, breathe deeply, allowing our minds to wander and appreciate the value of impulses and distractions. The brain keeps working even when we are not, and rewards our brain breaks with new ideas and perspectives.
Many of my best ideas pop into mind when I’m not reining in my attention and directing it to one focus, in my spinning class or in the shower. How about you?