Learn how to become more present in your life with easy-to-implement tips. Being present supports clearing mental clutter and more.

Are you ready to come from your point of power to change your life?  Would you like to be more aware of where your thoughts are? Do you struggle to keep present and need some suggestions to support you?


In every moment we have the choice to start fresh.

Most of us spend the majority of our time living in the past or the future.  We are unaware because we’re on autopilot as we have been functioning this way for so long.  When we focus on the past or the future how can we expect to change our lives? Where the attention goes the energy flows.  My mentor says this to me all the time.  We create what we focus on. What are you creating?

Here’s the good news! When we acknowledge and accept this, we are no longer held hostage or controlled by our past or future. How many times do you dwell on the past  (I wish I would have….) or worry about the future (What if my business fails)? You lose your power when you are anywhere but the present. When you live in the present moment, it truly is a gift.

When you are present, you have more clarity because you can focus on the moment.  When you are fully present, you tend not to be afraid. How many things has fear prevented you from doing something? 

Are you living in the past, present or future? Are there areas where you get stuck? For example, you are single and really want to be in a relationship but focus on all the past bad relationships you have. 


Where do you spend most of your mental energy?

You might be amazed at how much time you are living in the past or future. Many times we are on autopilot and our thoughts are habitual. 

Try this exercise while engaged in physical activity.  I do this while mowing. I love to mow! Some other possibilities include washing dishes, painting your nails, or folding clothes.

The first time I did this exercise I thought I was going to go nuts. I considered myself a positive person mainly living in the present.  I discovered I was fairly negative because I was focused on the past.

Where are your thoughts? Are you present with what you are doing or drifting into the past or wandering into the future? Do you seem to ruminate on the same thoughts?  Do the same patterns or subjects keep coming up?   Is there something you thought you let go of but you discover you didn’t? 

Is there anything that you can take action on that will allow you to release a thought and be more present?  For example, have you been thinking of someone maybe you weren’t kind to and feel bad about it?  Can you apologize and have no expectation of outcome so you can release it?

Try doing this exercise for 10 minutes a day for a week. 

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When you find yourself not present, bring yourself back.

Breathing is also another great way to get you present. The more deep breathing you can do from the belly, the better.

You can also use your senses to be present. What do you see? What do you hear? What do you feel? Do you smell anything? If you are at the beach you can usually taste the salt water.

Do something physical to bring you back such as snapping a rubber band on your wrist, hitting your arm or pinching your tummy.

Set a timer every half an hour to observe where your thoughts are.

Just be.  Can you appreciate the silence?


How often are you present? Are you in the future more or the past? What exercises can you do to get in the present moment?

Take Actions from Today’s uncluttered living blog:

  • Observe, without judgment where you are with your thoughts.  Try and do this multiple times throughout the day or do a focused 10 minutes.
  • Try out a few of the different exercises that support you in becoming present. Which one would work best for you?
  • Did you notice any reoccurring thoughts, beliefs, patterns or subjects? Could you take action on anything?
  • Practice one of the exercises on a regular basis to bring you present.

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