Grounding myself helps. Centering and noticing little things about what I'm doing or where I am helps-the taste of my food, the warmth of my tea, the sun on my back...those things. I try to let my dogs walk me, so it isn't so automatic. I choose books I know I will love (right now I am reading Every Twelve Seconds by Timothy Pachirat, a fascinating look inside slaughterhouses and the work that goes on behind closed doors). I watch shows that engage my mind. I drink my tea slowly. Still, I watch the clock at times, wondering what I'll do next.
I am working now (hell to the YES), which makes life a little easier. It also reengages my desire to be social, to interact with others, and connect with people. I love that side of my job. It keeps me busy, but it is a good busy. When I get home, I still want to be productive, but my time is more valuable.
In the end, though, I'm really trying to see all of my time as valuable, not as something to 'kill'. It is a huge process, and one I know will be a work in progress.
What do you do to refocus on the moment?