The potato never saw it coming. Neither will you.

You sit alone in a dark room. A dim blue tinge of light fills the room. The room is dead silent until you scroll. Scroll some more. Tap like. Leave a comment. Then you open up Snapchat. Open up Facebook. Open up Instagram again. The vicious circle continues until 2am. "Shit," you scream. "I need to be up in 4 hours to get ready for work." 

At what point did we lose touch with ourselves? At what point did we start giving a shit about everyone else's life but our own?

I guarantee that 90% of you reading this article check your phone first thing in the morning. Your eyes barely open. You squint real hard, especially if you wear glasses, and see how many notifications appeared overnight. You hit the shower. Then back to the phone. The entire day its back and forth to your phone until its the 2am in the morning and you're screaming "shit." 

Not one second was spent on you. No reflecting on the day you had. No time spent on evaluating your life and how it's going. You evaluated 20 other peoples lives though and I bet you said "so jealous Marie is Cancun right now." Spend more time on you and you'll be on vacation somewhere on a beach.

The problem is...

You're distracted. We are all distracted from what really matters at the end of the day. Ourselves. Our lives. It's time to take back control of our lives. Otherwise will wake up one day and realize that our life has passed us by. When we don't connect with ourselves we experience higher levels of stress, unhappiness and a drop in productivity. 

Here's what I want you to do... 

Slow down for 5 minutes everyday. Take a breath. Be present. Write down the time of day and what you thought about for that 5 minutes. Then shoot for 10 minutes the next week. Then for 30 minutes the next week. And on. And on, until you are in full control. Your goal is to take back control of your life. Thinking about your own life. Not wondering what other people are doing in their lives. You'll end up feeling less stressed, happier and you'll be more productive. 

Everyday we are always in a rush. A rush to check in on what everyone else is doing in life. Who cares. Live your own life.

Matt Mattson 

Share your experiences with being more present in the comments below. Does this exercise work of you? Do you find life more enjoyable?