Is It Possible to Be Present & Be Productive?

Do you ever feel like you have to choose between being present in your own life and getting results?

You don’t have to choose any longer!

Think Time Planner helps you to be mindfully aware and get real results in real time.

Recently, I watched an interview between Tim Ferriss and Brene Brown discussing a plethora of wonderful topics—shame, authenticity, mindfulness, and more. Within the conversation, I heard Tim wish for a process that merged mindfulness and productivity. I wanted to jump through the screen and hand him a Think Time. 

Here it is, Tim! 

For 6 years, Think Time Planner has artfully combined top practices in mindful awareness and purposeful productivity.

With Think Time Planner, you regularly insert a purposeful pause into your life to create your plans.  Within this purposeful pause, you are guided through exercises that encourage you to be in the present moment, to be with your thoughts, and to acknowledge what is. 

Become aware of your dreams and goals as you move through the Think Time exercises.

However, this “mindful presence” you achieve when you #taketimetothinktime is not detached from the realities of your day to day life. Bringing your dreams to life is a constant negotiation between what “is” in your heart (your dreams, your goals, and your desires) and what “is” in your day to day life (the pressures, responsibilities and realities of your day to day life). 

The ultimate goal is to creatively align these realities when they are disparate.

Mindful awareness of what “is” becomes the foundation from which you become aware of the dreams and goals aligned so you can negotiate them with your current reality. 

By allowing your mind time to "be" you can have greater opportunity to bring your dreams to life.
By allowing your mind time to “be” you can have greater opportunity to bring your dreams to life.

Acknowledging what “is” and being “present” in the “here and now” are central practices to living a purposeful and productive life.  These practices have spiritual roots and implications beyond the scope of this mini-blog, but they are very important.

By not living in denial… 

By not focusing too much on the past or the future… 

By accepting what is—both what is on your heart and what is in your life… 

By staying in the here and now while taking action that propels you forward…

You have greater opportunity to experience bringing your dreams to life—even in a distracting world.

Three Ways to Get More Energy

Do you struggle with chronic fatigue?  If you are like many entrepreneurs with ADHD, you are answering “yes.”  Well, the last thing you want when you find the TIME to achieve a goal is to lack the energy to accomplish it. You are literally leaving money on the table until you can learn to harness your best energy toward your goals.

So, how can you structure your life to raise the chances that you will have the energy you need when you need it?

Here are three things you can do with your Think Time Planner to better manage your energy so you can achieve your dreams and goals.

  1. Brainstorm ways to rejuvenate.  

Instead of having only “to dos,” your Think Time Planner also includes an area also for “to bes.”  Use the To Be Concept Cloud to brainstorm ways you can rejuvenate your energy this week.  This means including time for rejuvenating relationships, recreation, and relaxation. When you are including activities in your schedule that build into you, then you will have a stronger energy reserve to offer your dreams and goals.

2. Develop healthy routines and habits.  

As a person with ADHD, you may cringe at the suggestion of a routine.  I get it.  I hate routines too.  But, I have learned their power and use them as often as I can to help me advance my dreams and goals. Professional organizer, Julie Morgenstern well said, “If it is not in your routine, it is not in your life.” So, to help your energy levels, build sacred sleep routines, exercise routines, and healthy eating habits. You can use the Routine Worksheet and the Habit Tracker in your Think Time Planner to help you to create routines that will support your energy management goals. 

3. Celebrate your wins.  

So often, it is easy to be overwhelmed by all that “has to be done” that you just keep plunging into the next thing. Looking forward, it’s overwhelming and de-energizing to see the “tyrannical to do list” that is constantly taunting you. To develop a brighter outlook and increase your energy toward your dreams and goals, regularly practice gratitude for what you have been able to accomplish.  Each week, use the Review Phase of your Think Time Planner to check off what you did accomplish and celebrate what went well. You are probably doing better than you think, and you deserve to know it!

Energy management is an incredibly important skill for entrepreneurs with ADHD.  Don’t leave money on the table anymore—simply because you don’t have the energy to follow through on your goal.  Apply these three tips  regularly with your Think Time Planner to help you make the most of your days so you can live on purpose and achieve your goals in a distracting world.

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