From time to time I’m asked by those who recognize the importance of maintaining their present time consciousness, for suggestions on how to improve theirs. "Are there any books or other resources?"
I’m sure there are, but I’m not familiar with them. However, here are two ideas:
1. Enforce clear boundaries. Reserve certain times to return phone calls, check your email, do reports or read to your children. Keep these times sacred. More important: no interruptions during adjusting times except for fires or nuclear holocaust. Changing gears frequently is stimulating but takes you out of the “zone.”
2. Create reminders. Consider putting small stickers with an image of a clock face (without hour or minute hands) around your office as reminders to stay focused on the subject at hand. (Make your own, or purchase some from us.)
Staying present is the discipline of busy practitioners. Become present to its importance. And then practice, practice, practice.