By Morgan Davis ι March 11, 2014

Life is so dynamic. At times, I feel crazy passionate about everything I am involved with, and other times, I feel pretty good about taking a two hour nap and then waking up to just curl up with my puppy and watch a movie. Isn’t it funny how we try to plan time for all of these things, but in actuality our body tends to tell us what it needs?

It can be difficult to remain engaged in our work, social life, relationships, spirituality, health and wellness, and every other part of our being. I have found a few tips lately that have helped me to stay motivated and present.

1. Listen to music. Choose music that fits the mood you need to be in. For example, I tend to

To-Do Listcrank up some Beastie Boys when I really need to burn some calories. Not my typical workday background music.

2. Sit down at the start of each day to come up with an attainable to-do list for just that day. Include things like “get up and walk around once every hour” and “belly laugh.”

3. If the thing you have been working on when someone stops to chat is not life or death, turn away from it and listen. People should always trump email, texting and, yes, even Facebook.

4. Take time to gaze out the window. Intentionally appreciating the beauty and wonder of our Earth motivates me even more than loud 90s music … sometimes.

5. If there’s something you need to accomplish that you are really not looking forward to, do it first. Then, you won’t spend time the rest of the day worrying about that one task.

I guess, what I’m trying to say about staying focused is …

Morgan Davis

Morgan Davis is the library’s Community Learning Coordinator.