Feb 182011

You have a goal, an objection and a reason to sit down and ‘get ‘er done’ and yet, a few hours later you’re still wondering how you’re ever going to manage to find the time to accomplish what you set out to do.

We’ve all been there… sitting down to the computer to write something only to find you received an email from a friend or found a link to a contest to win more distractions. Going online to check your bank balance, ending up on YouTube and watching video’s you wonder why were ever even taped. Multi-tasking is what some people call this but it’s never getting much done and, if it does at all, the important tasks are not done well.

Most of us are excellent multi-taskers – watching tv while we clean the house, deciding what’s for driving while driving from work or taking a drag off a cigarette while jay-walking and talking to a friend. All of these tasks are being accomplished but are you really doing them to the best of your ability or to their full extent?

When was the last time you sat down with a friend and thought only about that friend? Really listened to what your friend was saying and leaving out. Leaving all of your cares and concerns tucked away, all the thoughts about what you’d rather or could be doing and just listened. It’s not a difficult thing to do but I bet it’s been a while.

And you don’t need spa treatments, 4-wheelers, ski’s or snowshoes to do this. Simply take one friend and be there for him or her. Do this every day, at the very least every week and you’ll be surprised what you learn not only about your friend but about yourself.

With laws coming into place restricting us from talking on our cell phones while driving take it as a sign that you shouldn’t be smoking a cigarette, dancing to the radio, applying make-up or planning supper while behind the wheel. On your way home tonight practice listening to a friend without a friend to listen to.

Concentrate on what you’re doing. Take a new road on the way home so you have to think about it instead of letting your foot and hands go on auto-pilot. When you get home hug a loved one and let yourself be hugged.

Can you imagine what a day that would be?

Thanks for reading,

Sarah Butland

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