How to Improve Focus by Disconnecting to Stay Sane
With the advent of email, instant messaging, cell phones, blackberries, etc., we’ve become accustomed to always being available to anyone and everyone at all times. In many ways this is great, but when it’s time for you to spend family time with your children or time for you to spend time relaxing by yourself, being hooked up, tuned in and turned on can be a liability.
Make sure that when it’s time to unwind with the kids, you disconnect so that your kids really do have you all to themselves. If you are a mom that works outside of the home, you may feel obligated to be at the beck and call of the office.
Don’t allow yourself to be at the mercy of your career at the expense of your children. Be sure that you arrange times when you are completely free from having to answer emails, text messages and phone calls. Focus on what’s important right now so that you can give 100% of yourself. If you are spending time with your child, she/he needs you to pay attention to them, not to your cell phone.
Focus on what you really want. Be specific and be positive. We generally think in terms of what we don’t have rather than focus on what we want. Don’t focus on your fears but what you can do to overcome them. Don’t focus on being poor but on a plan to create wealth.
If you are a stay at home mom, you still may have times when your cell phone rings and you are tempted to take time away from your child’s mommy and me time. Or you might feel a need to check your email often.
A better solution might be to designate certain times in which you are available to chat with friends or to plan the next meeting with fellow members, and other times when you are not available.
Each day, turn the cell phone off, or at least silence it, and walk away from the computer for a couple hours. Make this time a time for you and your little ones to talk, play, read, exercise, plant flowers or do anything else together. The whole idea is togetherness without undue interruptions.
It’s also important to disconnect for your own sake once in a while. As a busy woman, you need to take time for yourself, too – maybe going for a morning walk or jog, or a quiet few minutes when the kids are napping.
Turn off the phone’s ringer, and let the email sit. Put your laptop down and take some time for yourself, quietly and peacefully. You must have time to rejuvenate yourself and you can’t-do it if you are constantly answering calls, emails and text messages. Everyone will wait for a few minutes or an hour.
In this time of advanced technology, it’s easy to get caught up in the never-ending flow of communication. To be connected in every way can be an advantage in some ways, but it can take a serious bite out of the time you need to spend concentrating solely on your children or yourself.
Don’t cheat your family out of some special time with you. The moments you take with your kids now, while they are young, will always be remembered and appreciated. The moments you take for yourself are no less valuable, giving you a chance to catch your breath and stay sane.
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