Overwhelmed By Handling Pressing Things In Life? Leave Everything & Read This!
I have been struggling to draw my focus on things in the past few days. I have been indulging myself into stuff that requires their own separate attention. Also, they are not something which I can ignore or prioritize one over the other. They hold their own importance in their own separate domains.
One of them is this blog that I’m trying to grow. I have very specific goals. I see potential in it & I want to see where it leads to in the future. But it is a struggle to manage this while also having a day-job and a couple of exams to prepare for. It is, however, easy to manage 3 or 4 things at a time when you have a schedule and stick with it. But the problem starts when one of them sneaks-up into your mind while you are doing the other, or even worse when all of them are juggling inside your head during a break or nap.
It’s really hard to Concentrate!
I just got over with my office work some time ago, for today. Not a second ago I took the back seat, my mind started knocking door after door on various things I’m trying to manage.
Life can be hard at times. Especially as a young adult, it can be intimidating wearing the shoes of a grown up and lug the pressure of adulthood on your shoulders. You need to manage your job/studies and give time to family, etc. or even worse for some, being an entrepreneur or trying to follow a passion which others might not endorse.
However intimidating it may sound, there is a solution to all of this. This secret ingredient happens to be extremely simple in nature and there is a good chance you have heard this before.
Stay in the Present.
Focus in the now! Be in the moment.
Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the Present.
– Oogway (Kungfu Panda – Movie)
This is not going to give you a straight-up one-stop solution to all your problems. This will surely ease your mind when you start doing something instead of doing nothing. And then you can focus better.
Of course, I’m not saying this holds true under extreme conditions where someone is seriously ill or other situations which require serious attention. It’s natural & becomes necessary for the mind to drift in those directions then.
But for everyday things, just do what you are supposed to do right now & forget the rest. It can take some time to develop that habit of being in the present and not worrying about the future. But all the insecurities, permutations & combinations of what can go wrong and anxieties will evaporate in a second when you realize that you don’t really have control over what will happen in the future. It’s in your head, really. Of course, you can plan for things and take steps to achieve what you desire. But those steps are required to be taken while you are in the present.
I do not want to foresee the future. I am concerned with taking care of the present. God has given me no control over the moment following.
– Mahatma Gandhi
You’ll get less time for your family because you are stuck in the office with some urgent work or you are attending some important social gathering but your exams are coming up next week or can’t take out 30 min of your day because you have to head to work. Thoughts like these make you restless & anxious. The work that you are required to do now also suffers.
So what do you do?
Just do what you are supposed to do Right Now. Be in the Present!
Instead of worrying about future, do something about it. The results will be way better with some action rather than sitting & cloak over things that demand your attention.