Do you do it with your eyes open or closed?
- Sit in a bright room with the shades open and lights on. This discourages the urge to nap.
- Turn off all technology and any device that may beep or buzz.
- Use a timer. Put your phone on airplane mode. The timer will work but you will not get notifications.
- Start small. Two minutes is a good goal. Work up to five and ultimately ten.
- Sit with palms facing up. That gesture is not a normal sitting position therefore promoting focus.
- Be forgiving. When the “to do list” occupies your mind, tell it to go away.
- Praise yourself for whatever you can do. Increase by 30 seconds a day. Remember, take baby steps.
- Breathe! I take three deep breaths and continue to take them when my mind distracts me.
- Pick one “bland” object to stare at. Do not pick a frame with an exciting photo. You will then think about the photo instead of your breathing. Last week I stared at a towel hanging off the closet door. It was perfect!
- Meditate first thing in the morning or you will never find the time.
Denise Rosenblum is the President and Founder of Dynamic Development, a training company that specializes in developing employees to become stronger communicators, managers and leaders. Denise works with companies to create an environment where employees feel valued as a result of career development, training, feedback and coaching.
Denise has over 30 years of professional development and marketing experience having worked at global companies including McCann Erickson, Young and Rubicam, Hill Holliday and Arnold Worldwide.
Denise is a seasoned trainer, speaker, executive coach and an expert in communication skills, customer service and management and leadership
development. She has excellent insight into people’s strengths and opportunities for growth.
In her current role, as President of Dynamic Development, Denise has an extensive track record of building successful managers and leaders. Her areas of expertise include:
- Executive leadership and management coaching
- Identifying communication styles and how/where to flex your style
- Providing talent assessment evaluations to company leadership
- Building business through relationships and excellent client service
- Performance management and giving constructive feedback
- Developing and delivering successful and engaging presentations
- Conducting efficient and productive meetings
- Time management and prioritization