Christina Rossini in “The Millennial Corner”
(note from Randy: Christina is a participant in our monthly First Friday Book Synopsis, and a high-energy thinker and leader. Read about her at her LinkedIn page by clicking here).
I feel as if I’ve been on a mindfulness quest for a couple of years, ever searching for and identifying ways in which to squeeze more intentionality out of moments, chores, and habits. I try hard to be present and not multi-task. I’ve found more peace and clarity as a result.
-Eat a meal without reading, scrolling, or TV and end up enjoying the flavors of the food more.
-Face a co-worker while they talk and don’t check the phone or computer and give undivided attention.
Below are five ways to lasso some clarity in 5 minutes or less to enhance our life:
- Drive 5 minutes in silence
No radio, podcasts, or cell phone distractions. Just think in the quiet. Even better if this can become a habit. The answers to our problems happen when we have the peace to think things through and get clear.
- De-clutter something
It can be a junk drawer, a shelf in your study, a pile of papers, your computer desktop, or your phone apps. Less physical clutter = less mental clutter. Our physical space is a direct reflection of our mental space.
- Write a thank you note
Expressing gratitude puts us in a better frame of mind across the board, and the more gratitude we share with others, the happier we are. Plus, paper thank-you cards are a rarity these days, so sending them makes you memorable. So give thanks to someone for a recent experience, whether for having coffee with a friend or to your most recent client for signing a deal with you.
- Call a friend (or relative)
Even if just to say hi, reach out to a friend and be a small, pleasant surprise for them. We never know when this simple gesture makes someone’s day–or when a friend is hurting and a connection like this really makes a difference.
- Write a personal mission statement
We define ourselves and create our personal brand based upon what we do, how we treat people, and what we stand for. All of this is essential, so make it count. Intentionally writing even just one sentence to define who you are helps you stay true to your non-negotiable. If you don’t know where to start, perhaps begin with writing 3-4 core values.