THE POWER OF CHOOSING TO BE PRESENT
Simple Strategies for Choosing Consciousness
Use your power of choice in each given moment to be present. Get energized during the season instead of exhausted by learning to hold a gentle, high regard for the conversations, children, work and minute tasks that make up this holiday time.
Being fully present is a fail proof way to feel like you've maximized your vacation. It is a year-round gift for yourself and those you love.
With the rise of screen watching and other unconscious means of interacting with the world, Great Day Academics advocates presence to develop more conscious behaviors in our children. With awareness in their tool belt, they are less susceptible to peer pressure and are more likely to be emotionally healthy, focused and empathetic toward others.
being present is having equal, acute awareness of what's going on inside and around you
when children know they have choice in the moment, it empowers them to react and respond with better awareness.
Everyone loves choice, especially children. They most often feel like they have little control over their everyday experiences. With so much responsibility and things asked of us and our kids, knowing we do have choice, empowers our actions. Use these simple practices to help children refocus their energy, find calm, increase self-esteem, boost mind-body awareness, self-regulate behavior, improve concentration,
be more productive and connect better with you.
WHAT IS IT?
The "Choice" Power-Tool introduces 11 playful activities for you and young learners to access the power of being present.
This tool uses sensory perception, mindfulness and mind- body awareness to form healthy development of physical, emotional and mental well-being as well as social connectivity.
Learning to be more conscious and more self-aware can come a little easier to those who create habits of being present. Choose one or all of these exercises for a brain break throughout your day!
Test your multitasking skills or use this fun exercise to show children how being present and focused on one thing at a time improves the quality of their work, helps get things done faster and will make them feel more accomplished.
be present, relieve yourself of feeling pulled to do more in the moment.
give yourself permission to focus on doing one thing well.
then move on and repeat.
Choosing to be present gives me permission to be fully engaged and focused on whatever it is I am doing in the moment, without the guilt or feeling pulled to be doing something else. Being anxious about getting more done, while working on one task is counterproductive. It diminishes the quality of our conversations, our work and negatively impacts our health. Giving my mental and emotional attention to the task at hand and then doing the same after I move to the next item on my list is so freeing! I feel more accomplished and at ease during my day. There are no missed moments of youth while being present with my daughter nor do I long for more time in general.
I am learning to break free from mediocre multitasking and feel good about my choice to practice presence.
This too, is my wish for you!
Educator | Founder
Choosing to be present expands time and out performs multitasking
Myth of Multitasking
Leading research from Stanford University and several other reliable studies show that the concept of multitasking does not produce the results we once attributed to doing several things at once. In fact, evidence suggests that multitasking, itself is not possible. We can attend to only one cognitive task at a time according to "The Cost of True Multi-Tasking" Psychology Today, 2016. "Switch-Tasking, the more accurate term for multitasking has proven to have the following results:
1. Increases the length of time it takes to complete tasks.
2. Decreases the quality of work on any given task.
3. Triggers higher stress and anxiety levels while doing the work.
Children who have strong multitasking habits were shown to sleep less, have more friends who were perceived as negative influences, and generally felt less at ease in social situations.
Test your multitasking skills or use this fun exercise to show children how being present and focused on one thing at a time improves the quality of their work, helps get things done faster and will make them feel better.
Great Day Academics
Teaches "CHOICE" To Our Kids!
With the rise of screen watching and other unconscious means of interacting with the world, Great Day Academics uses presence to develop more conscious behaviors.
Showing young people that they have a choice in how they connect with what's going on around them empowers their thoughts and actions. With awareness in their tool belt, they are less susceptible to peer pressure. This means they are more likely to be emotionally healthy, focused and empathetic toward others.
TEACHING A CHOICE OF BEING PRESENT CULTIVATES CONSCIOUS LEADERS
MORE RESOURCES FOR YOU
Our intention is for you to live a fulfilling life. You thriving is the best hope for our children and future. So if this tool doesn't resonate with you, pass it along to someone who could use it and find something that does empower you! Here are a couple of recommendations that may help you along your path.
Eckart Tolle - "The Power of Now"
Dave Crenshaw -"The Myth of Multi-tasking"
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Hi there gang!
How did you perform on the "Multitasking Myth Buster"?
Which conscious practice helped you feel more present?