Every now and then, I must remind myself of this incredibly valuable adage:
“Enjoy the process”
It’s easy to lose sight of the big picture, which ironically relies on enjoying the little pictures.
The best way to do this is to remember – I have a choice. A choice between a positive outlook and a negative outlook.
The easiest way to get caught up in the negative outlook is by doing tasks that become routine and mundane. While this sometimes is unavoidable, you still have a choice to enjoy the process as you do it.
It’s up to ourselves to avoid being a casualty of the Digital Revolution. A lifestyle where faster is better and multi-tasking is the gold standard.
Technically though, many including myself would argue that you can’t actually multi-task. Yes, of course you can switch between multiple tasks at the same time, but each time you switch, you’re changing threads.
You aren’t processing multiple threads at the same time, you’re just switching back and forth repeatedly.
To enjoy the process:
- Choose a task and believe that you can get joy in completing it
- Take a deep breathe and envision completing the task
- Avoid distractions
It sounds like the simplest steps in the world, but it’s not the easiest thing to do.
To be honest, I failed probably 7 times as I’m writing this post. But what matters is not how many times you get distracted – it’s how many times you catch yourself.
Each time is an opportunity to get back to the present moment – where enjoyment is possible.
When you first started doing new tasks, didn’t you love doing them? And now that you’ve done them before, if you’re like me, these tasks become boring. But it really doesn’t have to be that way. You can prime yourself to get joy from anything – it’s not hocus pocus it’s just literally appreciating that you’re capable of completing the task, and then choosing to enjoy it as you go.
If it sounds too easy or too good to be true, just try it once. As soon as you get distracted, pat yourself on the back for realizing it, and go back to your primary thread.
If you find yourself not enjoying it: take a deep breathe, envision the satisfaction of completing the task, and get back to work. Don’t forget you always have the choice to enjoy the process.