Balance. I take the word literally. I know my life is balanced when my body feels grounded, calm, and clear.
In our 140-character, ADD world, it’s a challenge to plant our feet on terra firma. The world is so fragmented, organized into a tiny bytes and quick hits. We’ve been fooled into believing that multi-tasking is a productivity tool when, in fact, the research has shown that multi-tasking is just an excuse for distractions that prevent us from being either efficient or effective.
When I’ve feeling overwhelmed and unfocused, I step away from the computer. Instead, I engage in activities that require body and mind to be present and precise. Here are my top 10 tips for regaining balance:
1. Settle into a good book (preferably non-fiction, and preferably on an overstuffed couch).
2. Drive in the slow lane.
3. Weed the garden, on hands and knees.
4. Cook a meal from scratch.
5. Disable the portable devices.
6. Breathe deeply.
7. Ask yourself: Where are my feet?
8. Embrace delays as an opportunity to daydream.
9. Get to a pilates class.
10. Read the New York Times, paper edition.
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