Monday Motivation: Busy Minds
Monday Motivation, 6.21.2021
Written by: Kaitlyn Gwaltney
Every Monday, The Rogers-Long Team meets for one of its two weekly meetings. The Monday meeting always ends with “Monday Motivation” in which a few minutes are spent listening to one team member presenting a quote, a quick reading from a book, a scene from a movie, or anything else they find motivating to provide a “spark” to the whole team on a Monday morning.
Do you ever catch yourself struggling with being present in the moment? By being present, I mean truly being present in the moment. Not viewing it through a camera lens, being distracted things around you, or thinking of the next few hours of your day. When our minds are busy, we can easily slip into autopilot. We go through the motions of our day just trying to get everything done but are not really paying attention to anything. Have you ever had an in-depth conversation with someone that you do not remember or pulled into your driveway at the end of the day with no clear recollection of your commute? If so, you know what it’s like to be on autopilot. It almost makes life a daily checklist of how much you can get done.
When we are focused on the past or the future, we often start to think of what we would have done differently, what we might regret, or what we wish we could change. By paying attention to what is currently happening, we don’t allow our mind to wander down the “what ifs” because we’re focused on the good that is happening.
Being present can also make us more productive. When our mind isn’t distracted, we’re able to complete tasks that are in front of us more efficiently. We accomplish tasks in less time which allows us to cross off more items from our “to-do-list”. We’re also less likely to make mistakes because our mind is truly focused without multiple distractions.
I’ll leave you with this challenge: pick a small task you do every day and try to only focus on the now. For example, while making your bed in the morning, don’t let your mind starting thinking about your first appointment of the day, what you’re going to do this weekend, what you’re eating for dinner. Only think about making your bed. Once you’ve mastered that, choose a larger task to focus on. This will take time but you will ultimately be able to train your mind to become less distracted which will lead to being more focused, present, and productive throughout your day!
Kaitlyn Gwaltney, a Realtor with The Rogers-Long Team since 2016, previously worked in the medical field for 6 years before deciding to shift her compassion and dedication toward helping others in a different direction. The RLT excitedly brought Kaitlyn on to work with buyers and sellers due to her humility, inner drive to succeed, and her fun-loving attitude. Kaitlyn has found a lot of early success in her career on The Rogers-Long Team. Kaitlyn lives in Chesterfield with her husband Matthew and their daughter Lilly.