Clear your mind then only do what’s important

It’s the end of the weekend again and after devoting the entire two days to the family, I’m now having some ‘me-time’.  Firstly I took some time out to meditate, which for me is simply laying down in a quiet room and thinking of nothing for fifteen minutes.  I set the timer on my iphone and it always wakes me up at the end.  I’m not sure if I actually go to sleep, but I wake up fully refreshed with a clear mind. 
If I was to walk around my house right now I would find christmas decorations boxed up ready to go into the loft, wet washing to hang up, dry washing to iron or put away, dirty dishes in the kitchen and dining room, a ‘lived in’ lounge in need of a good hoover and dust, and clutter surrounding me in the room I am sitting in now.  It’s just gone 10pm and I have a full working week ahead of me, a psychology assignment to complete and bags and clothes to get ready for tomorrow.   
Before clearing my mind I could have sat and stressed about all the things I had to do, but now I’m just going to do what is important and have a good night’s sleep.  As Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe said ‘We always have time enough, if we will but use it aright’ (cited in Eat that Frog, by Brian Tracy P19).  Also as Brian Tracy says, we should remember that we are always free to choose what we want to do next.  Separating the ‘important’ tasks from the ‘not important’ tasks is key to success at work and at home. 
Tip 1: If you are faced with a stressful or even just a busy situation, take or ask for time out to shut down your mind.  To do this, sit quietly for ten to fifteen minutes and think of nothing or just focus on one thing.  This can have a positive affect on your mood. 
 Tip 2: Instead of rushing in tackling a vast amount of outstanding tasks, stop and think what is important (most valuable) and do only that.  Experts say this is usually only 20% of what you have to do.  It was important for me to give you these tips!
Hope you have had a great weekend.
Until next time…….

About Sandra Madeira

I am a full-time working mum with a passion for writing and inspiring others. Subjects I tend to blog about are life skills, parenting, decluttering, worklife balance, etc. At the moment I am on a decluttering mission creating space in my house, garden and mind. I have challenged myself to do at least ten minutes a day and write about it. Have a good day! Sandra Freelance Writer
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