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‘You can become blind by seeing each day as a similar one. Each day is a different one, each day brings a miracle of its own. It’s just a matter of paying attention to this miracle.’

– Paulo Coelho


What do you see in front of you?  Do you really see what is there?  Are you present and paying focused attention to it?

Maybe you have three things you must get done today.  Each of them jumbles your head and competes for attention, and you allow it.  You’re good at multi-tasking (you think) and are oblivious to the noise going on around you.  You probably missed the opportunity to get your work done more efficiently.  Maybe you could have got some assistance from that person walking by.

The fact is that multitasking provides less efficiency.  You are better off working out your primary task, forgetting the others and getting down to effectively tackling the work in front of you.  Sometimes I find it hard to settle so I go straight to my music.  At times I’ll use an app called focusatwill.  It uses music to boost concentration and even better it’s based on scientific research.

If we follow the same old routine each day the familiar becomes stale and things seem the same.  Well often they are but that doesn’t mean that you should pay them less attention.  Learn to see the things that you should appreciate.  Practice being more observant.  This is a worthwhile skill to build.  You can train your brain to focus and to pay more ‘on demand’ attention.

Take three days in a row.  Make a specific effort to spend a 30 minute period of your day being more observant, whether it be at lunch people watching, or on the way to work, or while out for a walk in the forest.

Comment below and let me know what you’ve noticed while paying attention to your day.

Photo Credit: John Goode