Over the years, for many of us, life has become routine and quite busy as we go about our daily lives. While there is nothing wrong with living a busy life, too much activity can result in overload, causing us not to function at our best.
Have you ever experienced a desire to change your life so that you could accomplish more? In this article, we will discuss how to change your focus and change your life.
My goal is to provide practical ways to focus on living instead of just existing by resetting your life to live with purpose.
Let’s get started with the discussion.
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The busy pace of daily life
One reality we all face is that we will not live forever. However, when we are younger, we experience the feeling that time is moving too slowly than we want because of the desire to grow up, leave home and live our lives on our terms.
Life in the early stages is more carefree because we may have fewer responsibilities and can spend more time with our friends, participating in school activities, or just doing fun stuff that we enjoy.
Fast forward past your high school and college years, and a real shock happens. You become responsible for paying bills and supporting yourself. Your work life takes a big chunk out of your day, and instead of having fun, you worry about how to make ends meet each month.
We wake up each morning, check our emails and social media accounts, or watch the news to prepare for the day. Then, we go to work or follow a schedule we have established for the day to complete those tasks so we can get back home to relax and do the things we enjoy.
This repetitive rinsing and repeating this process day in and day out becomes habit forming to the point that we become numb to the fact that life is passing by quicker each day, leaving us wondering if we can slow it down.
Don’t take life for granted.
Despite how fast or slow your life appears to be moving, it is essential not to take life for granted. The reason is that life can change in a moment. Therefore, what may be a significant issue today can become minor compared to what you may be facing tomorrow.
We can be in excellent health one day and come down with a significant illness that shakes our life the next day. Our desire to live and do what we want becomes secondary to caring for our families and friends. Having a job to support yourself or your family becomes more important than not having a job.
However we look at it, the challenges we currently face may not be ideal but can change at any moment. That is why it is essential not to take life for granted and to be grateful for what we have.
Learn from your experiences
In her book, Where Do You Spend Your Heartbeats? Design the Life You Desire, One Heartbeat at a Time, by Stacey Aaron Domanico; essential lessons are presented. Domanico uses her life experiences to provide insights on overcoming challenges and using these as lessons to make better life decisions. We must find inspiration in our challenges as a growing opportunity to live a better life.
Learning from our life experiences is also a lesson about slowing down and reflecting on where we have been and what we have accomplished. It is a time to pause, enjoy life and celebrate the small things we may overlook because we are too busy. Too often, we want to delay our happiness and celebrations to another day when we have stopped working or retired.
Unfortunately, delayed gratification may be too late. We spend our working lives busy doing so many things that we forget to enjoy our journey. So if you have children, grandchildren, parents, or special friends, enjoy them.
Take pictures, spend time with people you love and care about, and engage in exciting activities that bring you joy. But, most importantly, do not let life pass you by without taking time to smell the flowers or enjoy life as you pass through.
Declutter your mind to regain time for yourself
Think of your mind as the house you live in. Over time, we accumulate a lot of stuff that was nice to have at some point in life but now may be considered clutter because it takes up space that we may have ignored or forgotten about. As we add more and more things to our house, we take away from our ability to focus and concentrate on the things that matter most.
Whatever the case, it is never too late to make changes. The first step is to begin decluttering your mind to enable you to slow down and regain your focus. Here are some tips on how to declutter your mind:
- Minimize multitasking. Sometimes it is good to do one task at a time instead of trying too many things simultaneously. Completing one task at a time allows you to slow down your pace and check off a job before moving to something else.
- Limit your time on social media or watching the news. View your time as a budget. How much time do your want to budget for social media, TV, or other entertainment? Consider carving out downtime to have peace with letting your mind rest.
- Rest your body by getting more sleep if needed. Our bodies get drained from time to time due to anxiety and stress. Ensure you get enough sleep daily to recharge your body to perform at its best.
- Concentrate on the things that matter most. Make taking care of your well-being a priority, and write a list of essential items to accomplish.
- Take walks to help reduce stress and worry. Use walking or some form of exercise as a way of letting go of the things that are weighing heavily on your mind. Give yourself a chance to think through challenges to gain a better perspective on how to handle them.
- Spend time in nature or pursue a relaxing hobby to break up your routine. We always make time for the things that matter to us. So make time for yourself to reconnect with yourself.
Allow decluttering your mind to be a routine that enables you to get refreshed daily and weekly so that you have more energy to do other things with your time.
Focus on your goals
Focus on your goals and allow them to energize you to do more with your time and accomplish more in life.
Use your energy to pursue your goals and let your life experiences be lessons to prepare you for more incredible things. Please write down your 1, 3, and 5-year goals and use them as inspiration for the future you want to create for yourself.
Include how you will feel once you have reached this goal and visualize it appearing in your life. Using a journal to document your experience is a great way to track your progress.
It is never too late to learn a new skill, pursue a college degree or even change careers to do something you are passionate about. Review your goals regularly to remind you where you are heading in life.
Keep believing and living with a motivation to walk by faith instead of being contained by fear. Let your goals inspire you to live a life of purpose more significant than yourself. Use your time wisely while becoming the person God created you to be.
We have discussed how busy life is and the importance of slowing down to enjoy your life. However, our life experiences can teach us many lessons about navigating the roads ahead while giving us a greater appreciation for what we have overcome.
The journey ahead may have other surprises, but we can control how we prepare for them by decluttering our minds to regain control of our time. Let your path forward be driven by goals that inspire you to wake up daily doing things that bring you joy.
Finally, remember that each day is a precious gift. Take good of yourself, live in the moment, and live purposefully. Please share your thoughts or experiences on how you have made changes to live your life with purpose.
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