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I Swapped Productivity for Presence, and Here’s What Happened


Welcome to season 4 of the Flourish Careers Podcast! ✨

Do you have a ritual of selecting a word or theme of the year?

Picture this: I met up with a friend after a long time, looking forward to an evening of connection and laughter. However, what unfolded was a stark reminder of the distractions that steal away precious moments.

Our world often celebrates productivity, and rightfully so. 

However, there’s something equally essential—presence. 

In today’s episode, I’m sharing how this experience with my friend shaped my selection of “presence” as my word of the year and how I intentionally swapped productivity for presence.

It wasn’t always straightforward, and it came with its own set of challenges and revelations. But I can’t wait to share the outcomes and how they transformed my perspective on work and well-being.

This episode goes beyond my own experience; it’s about the valuable lessons we can all draw from emphasizing presence. 

Whether you’re navigating a demanding career, pursuing a personal growth project, or searching for a deeper sense of fulfillment, the shift from productivity to presence holds profound insights for us all.

So, grab your favorite drink, find a comfy spot, and let’s explore the power of presence together. I hope you’ll uncover insights and inspiration that resonate with your own path.

Key Takeaways From Today’s Episode

We live in a world that celebrates productivity, but what happens when we shift our focus to being fully present in every moment? 

Last year, my word was “presence,” which shaped my perspective on time and how I experience each moment. I’ll share some ideas I used to swap productivity for presence, including practical tips to help you make a similar shift. 

Embrace Presence
Shift your focus from constantly getting things done to being fully present in each moment, both in your personal and professional life.

Identify and Eliminate Distractions
Recognize the distractions in your life, whether digital devices, anxiety about the future, or unchangeable past events. Craft experiments and strategies to eliminate these distractions, allowing you to be more present and mindful in your daily experiences.

Reflect and Adjust
Continuously reflect on your journey toward presence. Celebrate your wins, and don’t be afraid to adjust your strategies when some experiments don’t work as expected. Commit to living a life of presence, surround yourself with a supportive community, and make your journey tangible and visible to reinforce your commitment.

Resources mentioned in this episode:

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Want more career wisdom? Check out these podcast episodes/blog posts!
+Intuitive Insights: The Power of Clean Energy in Decision-Making
+Free To Flourish: How to Define Success on Your Terms
+Courageous Confidence: Secrets for Strengthening Your Self-Assurance

For more insider stories, quick tips, and #CareerTalk, I invite you to connect with me on Instagram @flourish.careers.

January 17, 2024

I Swapped Productivity for Presence, and Here’s What Happened

I Swapped Productivity for Presence, and Here’s What Happened

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