There are many – many different types of people in the world. A diverse range of personalities. And every trait is like a double sided coin, meaning there are pro’s and con’s to both.
One personality trait of mine, is that I’m a planner. I’m constantly thinking long term and strategising. I’m guilty of owning a diary, a calendar, a note pad to write down things to do, a separate ‘things to do’ list, and a white board for reminders. And somehow through this weird, complicated system my inner organisational freak deems necessary, I’m drawn to long term planning, despite my everyday life that is unfolding before my eyes.
The benefits include having goals I work towards, and following through plans of attack to achieve them. However, the cons include a struggle to switch off. There are nights when I lie awake in bed thinking of what I need to do the next day. When I delegate ‘relaxing’ time, I find it really difficult to relax. Sometimes I get stressed out easily from the constant buzz in my brain of all the things in life I have left to do.
Yet, I’ve noticed this pattern over the years, and it’s been something I’ve been actively trying to work on (haha – yes it became a long term goal, to get better at living in the moment!) I’m still not quite there, and I don’t know if I ever will be. But in learning how short life is, and the importance of cherishing time on earth, mindfulness has become a big part of my life. That is, trying to be actively present in the moment. And no, I don’t do mindfulness colouring in, because the colour patterns stress me out like crazy, and I can never get my picture right – as cool as the idea is. But I do sit and meditate for 15 minutes a day, after I go to the gym. And when I’m doing something, I work on putting my full focus into it. When I’m with loved ones, I make sure I treasure every moment as if it was my last time being with them. And on a regular weekly basis, I schedule in time to just sit, and learn to relax, by doing nothing at all.
Below is a little reminder that lives on my window sill. It makes me think of how precious the people I love are to me. And it makes me think of how grateful I am for my time on earth.
If you’re like me and you’re a long term planner – look into mindfulness! I promise it will make all the difference 🙂
Much love, Kat x