The Simple Ritual You Need To Set This Year

photo: Sezane


We all struggle with being in the moment, but it’s something that’s so essential for personal development. If you want to be successful, you should stop focusing on too many things and slow it down! But it’s hard, we know! That’s why these simple five-steps will change your life!

1. Do everything slowly and with thought

From eating to writing an email, take your time and really try to be in the moment. That’s the key to mindfulness, and will help you to do everything to the best of your abilities. So, for example, instead of doing five or six tasks at once, really focus on one. Take a deep breath, clear your mind and focus.

2. Spend five minutes a day doing nothing!

This is so important, and it’s something that we all forget to do. Wind down, relax, don’t plan anything and don’t do anything. Take in your surroundings, notice the sights and sounds around you from the hum of your computer to the birds outside. Try meditation, become aware of every part of your body and clear your mind! Take deep breaths, just set an alarm for five minutes and just be!

3. Put your phone on lock-down!

The toughest part of the ritual is going tech-free. Once a day, when you come home from work, put your phone on lock-down. Put it in another room, leave it at home. Connect with the people you’re with in the evenings.

4. Start a journal.

Seriously, get everything out of your head and down on paper. Start a journal. Whether you write down three things you’re grateful for every morning and three things you need to change every night, get a pen and put it down on paper you’ll feel clearer, happier and more focused.

5. Turn tasks you dread into tasks you love!

It’s all in your mindset! If there’s something you’re dreading do it first, and do it with the mindset of how grateful you are to be doing this task. Instead of dreading something think how lucky you are, and if it’s something tough just turn it into a learning experience. What did you learn from it and how will you do better in the future?

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Beth Macdonald

Managing Editor

I'm the Managing Editor of CGD. I'm a graduate of the Penguin Writer's Academy and have published a short story. I specialize in copywriting, digital marketing, and research.