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Monday Motivation - I let go of distractions and focus on being present with the people I care about.

Published 2 months ago • 2 min read

Happy Monday Reader!

Valentine's Day is this week, and whether you celebrate or think this is a fake "holiday," it's still a good reminder to take time to be intentional about showing (and telling!) our loved ones how important they are to us.

One of the fast, cheap & easy ways we can show someone how important they are is by giving them our undivided attention.

Did you know that 85% of smartphone users will check their devices while speaking with friends and family? Everybody's probably guilty of this at some point. I know I am! But being fully present with someone is a powerful way to show we care.

So today's affirmation reminds us to set down the cell phone, press pause on the video, and leave work at work for a while:

"I let go of distractions and focus on being present with the people I care about."

When's the last time you ignored your cell phone through an entire dinner? When you focused on just the people present and didn't distract yourself in any moments of downtime?

If it's been a while, that's ok!

If the idea of having to make actual conversation for 30-60 minutes (and deal with silence when conversation lags) makes you anxious, that's also totally fine!

Like most skills, it gets better & easier with practice.

Try making at least 5 minutes of intentional conversation at dinner once this week. Realize there may be awkward silences if this isn't normal at your table, and repeat our affirmation to yourself. It's also totally ok to prepare some conversation topics ahead of time!

Take a moment now to remember why you wanted to get to know that person in the first place, and talk about those things.

Ask lots of questions and be a good listener, and you'll make the person feel like the most important thing in the world.

Your time, energy and attention is limited.

It's precious and invaluable.

And when you spend it on someone else, intentionally and with focus, it's an amazing gift.

(And if you don't get this type of care back...that's some bullshit and I will fight for you. Set up a free coffee date to strategize how. Because you deserve care and attention in whatever way is most meaningful for you.)

We repeat to ourselves 21x every day this week:

"My relationships are important and I prioritize time for meaningful interactions."


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As always, affirmations work best when you truly believe them. They need to resonate with you and feel achievable. So feel free to modify any I suggest, or develop entirely new ones!

Say them as long as you want. I'm sharing a new affirmation each week, but that doesn't mean you have to switch it up each week unless it feels right. You can add new ones as often as you want and have as many as you want. You can say a different affirmation every day, or at different times of the day. You choose!

I'd love to hear the impact it has! (But if you decide affirmations are not for you, click here to be removed from this weekly email.)

I hope this affirmation sets you up for a kick ass week and I'll see you next Monday for a new one to try!


Ready to make time for great things in 2024? I have 1-1 coaching spots available to teach you how to put your limited time, energy, & attention to the work that moves the needle in just 1 hour a week. Hit reply or pick a time on my calendar here to learn more.

I always have time for you. ❤️

-- Jen

Time Honored Coaching

Time is the single most valuable thing we have. Make the most of yours with tips for time management mindset & techniques.

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