Sometimes, it feels great to be in the moment but it’s not always achievable. Far too often we think too much about the past or think ahead to the future. So what does it mean to be in the moment?
Being in the moment means being fully aware of the surroundings (while enjoying the present). So thinking about your current thoughts or what you need to do right now is what matters most.
Using that time to create the best outcome possible is what you want to achieve. That’s where we can be the best version of ourselves.
In this post, I will talk about what it means to be in the moment. Along with that, I will give some examples of what it means to live in the present.
Also, I will lay out the best thing to do right now that you can easily start doing.
What does “being in the moment” mean?
Being in the moment is staying focused without any distractions in mind. I believe that’s what truly living in the present means.
For example, ask yourself what needs to get done right now. But what you’re doing is focusing on the moment, and you’re not stressing out about anything else.
There’s no need to think about the past or too far ahead into the future. It’s something that I’ve done far too often and I believe that’s what can really set us back.
So focusing on that present moment can really help us create the best outcome possible. Whether we’re trying to achieve our goals, or we’re trying to help others being in that exact moment does make a difference.
What does it mean to be in the moment?
Being “in the moment” helps you focus on what is taking place right now. You’re not dwelling on the past, or thinking ahead to the future. Instead, you’re focused on the present and how you can make the most out of your time. Your current thoughts are what truly matter at that moment.
Examples of living in the moment
There are some common examples of living in the moment. Here are a few of them to think about:
Doing deep work
That involves doing one task at a time; in other words, there’s no multitasking or switching to anything else.
A good example of that is the Pomodoro technique. Basically, you focus on one task for 25 minutes followed by a 5-minute break. You do that again three more times, followed by a longer break which would be between 15 to 30 minutes.
For me, doing deep work is writing articles or recording videos. I consider that to be very productive work to do in my time.
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Spending quality time with family and friends
I think it’s an obvious one, but we really don’t give our immediate attention when interacting with others. When we see each other in person, a lot of times we’ll have our phones on hand.
Now that may not sound wrong, but I believe that being in front of a person while looking at your phone- that’s not real human interaction taking place.
For me, that’s a big one because I don’t want to have any of those distractions. When I’m with someone in person, I want to do my best to give my full attention to them.
So if possible, put your phone away or even better- don’t bring it with you when you’re going to family functions.
What happens when you live in the moment?
When living in the moment, you’re practicing mindfulness, which means being aware of your thoughts and surroundings. When that happens, you experience enjoyment and are truly fulfilled. You are not your thoughts from yesterday or tomorrow- your thoughts are with you in the present moment.
Journaling and reading
I like doing both of these activities; however, having any distractions nearby can really ruin my rhythm.
So these activities should be done with nothing nearby. No phones or any other electronics should be in your way. I find it to be the best way to focus on doing these activities.
What is an example of living in the moment?
Living in the moment can easily be spending quality time with family or friends. The only thing that would make it a true experience is not having anything else around you.
So not having your cell phone or another electronic on you helps to give others your full attention. When you focus on that in-person interaction, that’s where you can create wonderful experiences with the ones you know the best.
What is the best thing to do?
Whenever possible, I believe it’s best to remove most distractions. So some of the things that you can do immediately include:
- Putting your phone away
- Not having any browsers up
- Don’t go on social media sites
- Telling others that you need time to do focus work (being able to set boundaries)
In my experience, doing anything has worked best for me. I do find that I am more focused and I feel that I get a lot more done. So doing these while being in the present does help out a lot.
Questions to ask yourself
- Do you live in the moment?
- Are you constantly distracted by your surroundings?
- Do you have thoughts lingering in your head about some things?
- Will you take some time to do a focus session today?
Being in the moment is beneficial for your health. It’s important to live a high-quality life while staying focused at the same time.
It allows you to have the best chance to make a meaningful experience. If you’re struggling to live in the moment, start working on this now. If you do, you’re going to get a lot more living in the present.
Your turn: Are you able to stay in the moment?
I would like to get your thoughts on this topic. Do you struggle with thinking too much about the past or the future?
Do you usually get distracted by your surroundings? What things can you do today to start living in the moment?
Is it putting away your phone or doing something productive such as journaling? What does being in the moment mean to you?
Feel free to share your thoughts by leaving a comment below. I look forward to meeting responses and I’ll gladly respond promptly.
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Eric is the owner and chief editor of notimekillers.com. He takes great pride in helping people manage their time and grow their businesses. Eric is a firm believer in financial and time freedom, as he believes in financial independence and taking ownership of your time. “Time is your most important asset. It can be your best friend or worst enemy. How you use your time can shape the future you desire to have.” In his leisure time, Eric loves to write and read whenever possible. He enjoys going for long walks outdoors while doing in-home workout videos every week. You can also connect with Eric via LinkedIn.