I started creating “one little word” to live by in 2008, which helps me focus on one intention annually. Some of my past words have included:
Last year, the one little word I lived by was JOY. For 2022, I’m going to focus on being more PRESENT.
Sometime between Thanksgiving and December 10th, I was bouncing back and forth between my kids, trying my best to do right by them in our little homeschool. However, I was distracted. My mind was thinking about work-related emails I needed to check, the Bat Mitzvah I was starting to plan, and the Omicron Variant. Whenever I had a moment of downtime, I’d swipe up on my phone to unlock it. I’d check email. I’d check social media. I’d check the news. For the first time in a long time, I felt scattered.
Soon after, I upgraded to iOS 15 sometime and discovered the focus setting. It went beyond the do not disturb and driving features I’ve had set up for years. Now, I was able to create personal and work settings so I wouldn’t be bothered when I was homeschooling the kids or working in the afternoons, respectively.
After setting up both personal and work settings, the word present presented itself to me. I am more grounded, happier, and mindful when I focus on one thing, task, or person at a time. Rather than continuing to multi-task, which I’ve gotten quite good at, I want to work on staying more focused and being more present in all areas of my life in the year ahead. It’s my goal to be present this year. Some of the ways I can be present will plait together some of my past words, such as balance, joy, laughter, and wellness.
The digital world is wonderful. Most of us are more connected than we’ve ever been because of technology. However, I realized it’s coming at a cost to me. I plan to activate the focus settings on my devices more often so I can stay more present in 2022.
Do you have some tips for helping yourself to stay present? Please share them with me as a comment on this post. I’d love to read your tips!