Here are a few techniques to keep you focused and grounded during these times we know that often boredom and procrastination can set in and derail us from doing things that are pertinent to our daily routine even though or normal daily routine has been altered by working from home and staying at home.
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Tip #1: Ground yourself in the present using the 5-4-3-2-1 technique
This is one of my favorite quick and dirty mindfulness techniques. The best part is that you don’t need any special spaces or tools.—all you need is your five senses. Here’s how to walk your way through them for instant grounding:
- 5 – Look around and name five things you can see, right now, from where you are.
- 4 – Listen and name four things you can hear.
- 3 – Notice three things you can touch, like a warm mug of coffee or the feeling of your feet in your shoes.
- 2 – Next come two smells—breathe in the coffee aroma or the pages of a book.
- 1 – Finally, name something you can taste: a sip of cold water will do, or even just the taste of your own mouth.
This does two things to interrupt the overwhelm. First, it grounds you in your senses and, more importantly, the present moment. Second, keeping track of the counting and working your way through your senses interrupts spinning thoughts. It’s a mini moment of mindfulness to pull you out of the fray.
Tip #2: Clean up your immediate surroundings
The phrase “outer order, inner calm” is popular for a reason. When you’re feeling overwhelmed, tidying the area around you restores order to a little corner of your universe and allows you to move forward.
We’re not talking anything big: restrict yourself to things within arm’s reach. Stack loose papers, remove dirty dishes, wipe away dust or grime. The resulting order will help you feel like you’ve accomplished something and allow you to focus on the task at hand, not the clutter.
Tip #3: Ruthlessly prioritize
If you’re feeling overwhelmed, cut everything that should be done, and stick to things that need to get done.
Tip #4: Stop accidentally multitasking
By now, we know multitasking isn’t really a thing—our brains aren’t designed to do two or three tasks at once. Instead, we end up toggling back and forth among our various tasks, leaving us with the mental equivalent of whiplash.
Multitasking works about as well as texting while driving—which is to say, it doesn’t. So if your nerves are frayed, mend them by doing one thing at a time.
Unintentional multitasking counts, too. Trying to work from home and simultaneously keep an eye on the kids, holding a conversation while the TV is on, eating lunch at your desk, leaving your email open while you work, or simply keeping your smartphone at hand 24/7 are examples of things that force you to transition your attention (and then transition it back) hundreds of times a day.
Multitasking works about as well as texting while driving—which is to say, it doesn’t. So if your nerves are frayed, mend them by doing one thing at a time. When you’re feeling less frantic, you can go back to googling baseball scores at stoplights. But until then, single-task, single-task, single-task.
Tip #5: Take the next tiny step
When you feel frozen in the proverbial headlights of your task, think only of the next tiny step. The next step can be ridiculously small—only you have to know that you’re inching forward by thinking “Okay, now click on the folder. Now click on the next folder. Now open the document.