We're so busy
all the time.
We've been led to believe that success and fulfillment can be ours if we can learn to juggle our lives. So, we analyze our past performances, learn to multi-task our daily lives and plan ahead for every possibility. Technology places a multitude of tools, devices, programs and apps literally at our fingertips to organize what we’ve done, what we’re doing and what we’re going to do. We're so busy juggling our lives that we don't realize we've actually dropped the ball.
Research shows that people who multi-task all the time can’t sustain their attention, even when they shut off all their devices. Our brains are being bombarded with so much information making it difficult to filter out what we need to pay attention to and what we should neglect. We’re constantly juggling many tasks, responsibilities and thoughts. The result? We’re not happier or any more successful.
Despite the technology, the reason we’re not happier or more successful is because we’re losing focus on what is right in front of us. Both success and happiness hinge on our ability to remain focused on the here and now – living in the present as opposed to the past or the future. 
Being physically and mentally present in our personal and professional lives is incredibly important. Becoming more mindful, or learning to keep your head where your feet are, can actually improve the quality of your relationships and your work as well as your ability to find deeper meaning in your interactions and, ultimately, your life. 
Ideas for staying present:
1.     Take 15 minutes every day to unplug from the hubbub.
2.  Embrace the mundane moments of life.
3.  Keep a daily journal and jot down a few impressions of what you see, hear, feel or smell.
4.  Meditation and yoga are wonderful methods for staying in the here and now. Taking walks and visiting art museums are my personal mindfulness methods.
5.   Reduce your exposure to negative people and surround yourself with positive, mindful people.
6.  Volunteer and help others. Whether human or animal, doing for others is a great way to maintain perspective and help keep your head where your feet are. 
7.  Read books or listen to talks that promote the practice of mindfulness.
Click Ron's photo for a TED talk by Matt
Killingsworth on Staying in the Moment.