Holding pattern

Girl Waiting Bench_Ryan McGuire_Stocksnap

Does anyone out there like waiting? I can’t see you, but I’m guessing no hands are going up. Unless, of course, you confused waiting with procrastinating. That practice tends to have a few more fans. Waiting is different because it usually implies that you would rather not be waiting, but that for some external reason you have either chosen or been forced to sit tight. Some waits are brief, others seem to drag on indefinitely, often correlating to how badly you want the waiting to end. Nothing, however, can make a wait seem like an eternity more than the factor of uncertainty. Read More

“No-Fail” Friday: Done and done

Hustle Calligraphy_Stocksnap_Marcin CzajaIt’s Friday! At this time of year, you may be wrapping up a week of exams, application prep, or just a busy workweek with some holiday tasks/fun wedged in. Or perhaps, a mix of some or all of the above. You’re likely also looking at a pretty full weekend, and another list of things to do…and avoid doing. Given that we have been talking about procrastination this week, you may be expecting this weekend’s mindfulness challenge to be about forcing yourself to do something you’ve been going out of your way to find excuses not to do. On that note, you’d be half right. Read More

In a sec

Vintage Alarm Clock_Ales Krivec_Stocksnap

There’s a saying out there in the world of wisdom that a journey of a thousand miles starts with one step (Lao Tzu). Kind of a pull from the “obvious files,” since all journeys do, no matter how many (or few) steps they require. But of course, the idea is that when the task at hand seems daunting, just dive in and focus on one step at a time, which is in fact a very mindful approach to tackling your to-do list. So why is that first step so hard to take, then? Why do we spend twice as much energy avoiding projects by deliberating, hesitating and procrastinating when it would probably be easier just to get them done? It’s pretty simple actually. Read More