If you go into most stores these days, Christmas is on full display. We haven’t even gotten to Halloween yet and there is Santa’s smiling face urging us to jump on the holiday band wagon. In some stores it’s already been happening for weeks.
Here’s a little piece of advice:
Just because someone pours the kool-aid doesn’t mean you have to drink it.Just because someone pours the kool-aid doesn’t mean you have to drink it. Click To Tweet
Just because we are being bombarded with commercials and store decorations doesn’t mean that we have to allow ourselves to get pulled toward the end of the year.
In October your focus and attention doesn’t have to be on December.
In fact when it is, time might actually seem like it is passing more quickly – partly because future focusing means we are less present to this day that is happening in this moment.
That’s true now and all year round.
A lot of energy goes into thinking about and planning for the future instead of paying attention to today.
As you consider that idea, the voice of your inner planner and organizer might have started whispering in your head…
“That whole being in the moment thing sounds good BUT we have to plan ahead or things won’t get done.”
I get that the holidays are a busy time of year and there is a lot of preparation that goes into celebrating the season.
when we are always looking down the road we often skip over today – and the choices that are available to us.
Did you know there are 75 days left in this year?
Your immediate reaction might be
Yikes! Only 75 days!
But there is another way to think about it.
Seventy five days is actually a lot of time to accomplish things if you focus on each and every day between now and the year end.
In 75 days you could….
- lose as much as 15 pounds (at a healthy 1.5 pounds a week)
- read 5 books (at an average of two weeks per book)
- declutter 3 rooms (taking on one room per month)
- walk 112 miles (at a leisurely 1.5 miles per day)
So while you are busy thinking about stuffing stockings or turkeys, each one of those 75 days is ticking away. The opportunity to make choices about how you are using your time today slips by and before you know it, it is actually the end of December and you end up wondering where all the time went.
Here’s the thing:
Present moment awareness and future planning can actually peacefully co-exist. It’s not an either/or proposition.Present moment awareness & future planning can co-exist. It’s not an either/or proposition. Click To Tweet
Future focused planning is a necessary element in getting the outcomes you want – whether it’s about goals you want to achieve or preparations for holiday festivities. The key is to notice where you are directing your attention so you can make the best use of your time and energy right now in service of what is most important.
Ultimately the future is largely created by your moment to moment choices each day.
You don’t have to allow yourself to be pulled into the holiday rush at the expense of other things that might be a priority for you. Don’t let the tinsel and pretty paper distract you from what is possible every day.
What could you do in 75 days?