Mindful Monday – Do Less to Achieve More

Love blooms into mindfulness

Welcome to Mindful Monday! Each week I try to self-discover new or sometimes old things about myself. I have found that being mindful encompasses the act of being watchful, aware, wary, heedful, alert, careful, or attentive, in whatever area in my life I feel it applies to, as I attempt to live in the present.

Do you realize that you achieve more by doing less? How many times have you heard about someone famous who seems to have the ability to do it all? These people wear many hats in the living of their life. They are an actress, a director, a writer, a mother, a father, etc. the list goes on and on. Bottom line, the message is that the busier you are, the more important you are perceived to be by our modern society.

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In reality, this person lives a life filled with stress. They are actually hindered by all of this hyper brain activity. When we stretch ourselves too thin we do not make the best decisions. Our ability to solve problems becomes impaired. We lose the ability to learn new things, or remember important information. We forget how to control our emotions. We slow down and become tired.

Under stress, our brains reach overload. They really are not computers even though we tend to think of them as such. This is the critical point where mindfulness comes into play. When we become mindful of all the hats we wear in our lives we stop being multitaskers. We do one thing at a time and accomplish more because we have slowed down and lived in the moment of the task we are trying to complete.

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We have conditioned ourselves to live in a “MORE” world. We always want more. More likes on our blogs, on Twitter, and on our Facebook pages. We always want more so we can have more things. “More” has become a way of life.

I am seriously considering removing the “like button” from my blog. Do I really need to know if you like my writing that much? That is, of course, if you actually read what I write. We are conditioned to just click on the like button and move on because we are always so busy and stressed out. I am not sure that the like button is an accurate gauge of whether or not my readers really like what I write about.

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What if I just had the comment button on my blog? That would require the reader to slow down and read my thoughts. I get a fairly large amount of comments anyway. Just think of all those emails and like acknowledgments from the side menu that I have to click on to clear away. Those could be gone!

Removing the ‘like button’ from my blog would save time for me and the reader who has to click on the button to begin with. Removing the ‘like button’ would save time for all of us. Don’t be surprised if the ‘like button’ on this blog disappears in the next few days. More is not always better.

What am I going to do with all that free time I will have after I remove the like button from my blog? I am going to spend more time with my husband and dogs. I am going to spend time daydreaming, thinking up new plot lines for my novel, and writing poetry. I am going to spend more time learning how to meditate and how to live in the moment. I am going to spend more time commenting on what others write. I am going to live in that moment and experience the wonder of being alive.

So, please tell me what your mindful goals are for this week.

Would you like to share your mindfulness journey with others? If you are interested in sharing your goals or aspirations, I want to highlight your journey here on Silver Threading. Send me an email at silverthreading@gmail.com and I will be happy to feature you on a guest post. This is our journey into mindfulness. The more we share and learn from each other, the better our journey becomes.

Remember, this is not a challenge.  This is an offering of support.  If you would like to join in with your own Mindful Monday goals you can do so in the comments, or on a separate post of your own making.  If you want to link back to my post, please feel free to do so, however, it is not necessary.  My main aim here is to give and get support to become more mindful of the things I take for granted in my life.

Namaste! I wish you much joy and peace this week.

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55 thoughts on “Mindful Monday – Do Less to Achieve More

  1. I agree with you that we don’t have to be stressed all the time. I see that you already have many likes and no comments, so I will just comment 🙂
    I have learnt with time that doing nothing or not over doing it can be more rewarding in the long run.
    Now for blogging I see that when I don’t post every day it does not hurt my readership and it helps me do quality posts when I come back from a more or less long stretch of absence.
    I see the like button like a read receipt, and would always prefer a comment than a like. Because in a comment we can always say that we like the post.
    I liked this one 👍

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    1. Thank you for your lovely comments. Now, you see what I mean about the like button vs. comments. Tomorrow, the button will be gone. On websites on the internet there are no like buttons. 😉 Less is truly more. I also agree with not posting every day. People want quality, not quantity. I appreciate your thoughts and your reading my post. 😊💗

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  2. As a veteran multi-tasker, I have had to learn to embrace that “waste of time”. It has been a fabulous journey, and gets easier each year !! Thanks, Colleen, always love your Monday mindful posts. Thank you for those. ☺ Van

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    1. You are so welcome, Van. Thank you for reading and commenting. Our time is precious to us. We need to make the most of it every day. Have a lovely week! ❤

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  3. Doing nothing is a waste of time! Yes, I’ve always felt that down time is really a great time to recharge those intellectual batteries, making us more productive in the long run.

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    1. We all need that time to recharge, for sure, Rob. I know it was always hard for me to multitask effectively when I worked. It felt like I was spinning my wheels. Thanks for your great insight and comments.

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  4. I never say “OMG”, but I’m saying it now…OMG, Colleen!! Just a little while ago, when I logged into my blog (after seeing the likes in my email) I thought the SAME THING!! (LOL) – that it was just too easy for people to click “Like” and move along, and you don’t really get any idea of what they really think. I usually try to leave a comment on blogs. I understand clicking the like button on occasion, but it seems to be the norm lately. Well, I’ve totally made up my mind…the ‘Like’ button is history. I’d rather have a few good, honest comments, than 30 ‘Likes’.

    I agree about multitasking; at my job, they are always finding ways for us to multitask, (which ends up in more confusion and less productivity) and I’m always trying to come up with ideas to be easier on myself there. I’m looking forward to slowing down, having more time for creativity, and enjoying each moment. Your Mindful Mondays are gems! You’ve done it again. Not only am I making my bed, I’m becoming more mindful about being more mindful 🙂 Thank you, Colleen.

    Blessings for a calm day,
    Marianne

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    1. Marianne, it is funny how like minds think alike! I thought it was comical because the people that actually read my post commented, which proved my point exactly. I think it is the best thing to do. I agree with you also that I would rather have a few honest comments than 45 likes. I have been guilty of hitting the like button too much myself and decided that it is time to stop. Thanks for commenting about this. 🙂

      Good for you about slowing down at work. I hated the pace when I worked in accounting. It was grueling! You were totally ruled by the calendar and the date. Enjoy your creativity as much as possible. Have a fabulous week and magnificent Monday! ❤

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  5. You summed up nicely with thoughtful words about how you’ll use your extra time. Giving ourselves the breathing room to consider what will bring more joy to others and ourselves — now that’s a good use of energy!

    It’ll be interesting to see if you notice subtle or not-so-subtle changes that come from taking off the “like” button. Keep us posted.

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    1. Thank you, Jacki. I suppose many people will pass me by, but that is alright. I would rather have some meaningful comments than all these likes that I am not sure really mean anything. When you visit others websites they do not have like buttons and they seem to do fine. I will let you know what happens. Thanks for your lovely comments.

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    1. Thank you for the nomination. I am writing this week, so I will try to get to this next week. I have another quote challenge and will combine the two. You know I love quotes! 😀

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  6. It’s a good thought. Although I didn’t remove the button, I did remove the notification e-mail from each like (you can also do that) and only get notifications for comments, now. I think we’ve become conditioned to click like, and sometimes people do it just to show they’ve read something (although you’re right, that might not be the case). Or as a note to themselves. Do more doing less… Trying.

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    1. I tried to have the like notifications stopped but it does not appear to work. Now we have that additional menu on the top right that we have to go through too. Half of those are just likes. Ah well, I shall try it and see how it goes. I am always doing too much myself so this is a start. 😀

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  7. Colleen, as I’m reading this, I decided to take a moment and just stare into space… It felt a bit odd at first but I’m going to try to relax my mind, eyes and ears by just zoning out every so often. Big cities don’t allow us to not remain alert at all times but I’ll mindfully do so…
    And I thoroughly support any decision you make regarding the “like” button. 🙂
    Have a lovely start to the new week! The holiday is fast approaching!

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    1. Lia, you are so right about being alert in the big city. I grew up in a big city and I remember. I still hold my purse a certain way! The brain breaks are such a must. Thank you for understanding about the like button. Not a necessary part of life, I don’t think. Have a wonderful weekend. I am on a roll with my book. ❤

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      1. Indeed the city keeps me on my toes but I have to relax more:)
        I love your words ” I’m on a roll with my book”… Fabulous!!!!!

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  8. I wish you much joy and peace this week too, Colleen. I agree with all your lovely commenters, and think it’s a great idea to remove the like button. I may do it too. I really enjoyed your post today. It resonated with me because I had a burn out last week and realised I wasn’t taking care of myself properly. I’m still feeling sensitive, mainly because of a situation at home, but the break I forced myself to take is exactly what I needed. Thank you for your support when I needed it ❤

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    1. Mel, your wonderful comments made me feel – wonderful! Thank you. I am happy you understand about the like button. I still would rather have a few comments than all these likes. I am feeling sensitive this week too. I am trying to work on my book and carving out time has been tedious. Ah, what do you do? Just keep plugging along. I am excited for you that you found some time to take a break. I am glad to support you any way I can. I look forward to your lovely comments. Have a good week. It is alright to feel vulnerable. It will be better tomorrow. Don’t be hard on yourself. ❤

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      1. Thank you, Colleen. I am being kind to myself and I want you to know I’m here to support you too whenever you need it. It is okay to feel vulnerable, and it’s even better to share that vulnerability with people who care, and who understand. So thank you too. I’m so glad I found you ❤

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        1. Thanks, Mel. I appreciate that. I do feel comfortable with you, so no problem sharing. I am glad that I found you, too! Those guest posts while on vacation do the most wonderful things for everyone concerned. ❤

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    1. Oh, my dear friend, it is just the like button that is gone. Not me. I enjoy blogging too much. I have made so many great friends. No, there is no worries about that. Thank you for making me feel so special. ❤ I love following you and being part of your life also.

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  9. I’ve been trying to convince people for a while that all this busy-ness accomplishes less and you have put it so beautifully.
    I have kind of a different take on the “like” button so thought I’d chime in. As a blogger, I enjoy it because I love to see the familiar faces of my regulars lined up. It doesn’t cause me to spend a lot of extra time because I only go visit the blogs of new folks who show up — the rest I’m already following.
    As a reader of others’ bogs I love the like button because I don’t have time to leave comments like this on every post I read. 95% of the time if I click like I’ve read the whole thing and I DO actually like it. It’s rare — and mostly only for a few beloved bloggers– that I would skim something and click like anyway. I love the way the like button saves me time as I race through too many blogs every day. When people take away the like button, they pretty much no longer hear from me at all.

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    1. Thanks for your comments. I understand how you feel and thought about this for quite awhile. I left the like button up for most of the day. Interestingly, I got more comments today than I have in the past. I still would rather engage, as we have than get a like from you. At least now I know what you are thinking. Thank you for commenting. I really appreciate your views. Enjoy you week. Visit when you can. 💗

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  10. That is what we should do. Do not take a lot of effort to change the world. No, we don’t need any effort or even action. Just more watchful in whatever we do. Just pay attention to your action. Make it higher quality, and the world will change even a little bit.

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  11. Some good points. I have played with the idea of taking a blogging break – or starting a new blog (minus comments) just for my fiction. Still thinking though – it is a big step.

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    1. Now I did keep the like button on within the comment threads themselves to make it easier for my commenters. I guess the like button is just programmed into our brains. I still would rather interact with a few people than have all those likes. I really don’t think most people have time to read all that we write anyway. We all pick and choose and have our favorites. Nothing wrong with that. Let me know what you do. I would enjoy reading some of your fiction. ❤

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    1. Viva, I have been enjoying all the comments. So much better than those likes. It has been much simpler. More time to do what you want is always a good choice. Thanks for understanding. ❤

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  12. Do we ever have enough extra time. I am behind in reading blogs this week. I was having a major back up of 130+ Gigabytes of information backed up, and the recommendation was to stay off the internet to speed up the back-up. It took several days, and though I did do minimal computer work and even less internet, I found I did miss my interaction with all my blogging buddies. On the other hand, I got a lot done in the time it freed up. The “like” button? I like it. I always read my favorite blogs, but there are days I don’t have time for a thoughtful comment. I like to let the blogger know that I stopped by and read their post.

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    1. I took the middle ground. I have the like button for photos etc. If I post a photo or something that doesn’t encourage conversation I am using the like button. I am taking a break today. Worn out! I did miss you, Michelle. 💗

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  13. I am going to demonstrate how really naive I can be. Do people really click the “like” button without actually reading what the message is? I am much too protective of my endorsement (not that it means a great deal) to just “like” everything. As a matter of fact sometimes I will not click the “like” button on a sad or depressing post. I might appreciate that a person wrote what they did and have great sympathy for the topic and empathy for the person, but to like it means the wrong thing to me. I don’t like what they had to say because it is very, very sad.

    But, I love the points you make, especially that trying to do it all can be exceptionally stressful. The superwoman or supermom concept leads to a lot of angst and mental illness. Then we feel worse because we have failed at something no one can truly succeed it. It is all about balance and I have to keep working on having the right balance in my own life.

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    1. Thank you for your wonderfully kind answer. I ended up adding the like button back. I will have to find another way to lever my balance in life. See tomorrow’s Mindful Monday. ❤

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