Getting Into It
My name is Emily and I have a sticky note problem. I am a visual creature. I do best when my goals are outlined, visible and clear. I like to check off my to-do lists and get better sleep having a birds-eye view of my week. Lately, I've been making efforts to cut back on my tiny paper usage. I bought a whiteboard to calendar out my month - laying out all my personal & professional tasks, goals and events. Leaving me but with one final sticky-note weakness - inspirational quotes or mantras. The whiteboard can't handle more data, so I am committing these quotes to the digital sphere by sharing here as a post and a downloadable desktop wallpaper.
"If you can't get out of it, get into it."
There are necessary portions of work - bidding, contract writing, invoicing, file-management, etc. that are not my passion. They're not 'what I do', but they're integral to doing it. When I find myself delaying or dodging this kind of necesssary but uninspiring work - be it professionally, personally, physically or otherwise - I try to get into it. Sometimes its with a good soundtrack, frequent breaks and some chips 'n salsa, but what about ways to improve the experience without distracting from the event? That's where this second quote, that I find more uplifting and instructional kicks in.
"You define the experience of an activity with your mindset."
Yes! It's another pseudo-quote from a recent NPR TED Radio Hour (seeing a trend here?) "A Better You". A particular story from Andy Puddicombe, Co-Founder of Headspace, speaking about his experience as a Buddhist Monk really stuck out to me. Skip to 2:48 if you're really pressed for time or interest for the specific story I loved. :) Its about cutting grass with scissors. [Hint: He figures out how to like it. With his MIND.(Of course, necessity it the mother of invention - so if a task really sucks, it may be a good chance to figure out how to do it better - but let's assume this given project isn't going away with any amount of ingenuity.)]
I used this exercise recently when doing the tedious job of folding & organizing infinite amounts of laundry at the animal shelter (I love the warmth of the blankets fresh from the dryer on my torso, and the look of a really organized shelf of towels) and updating excel timesheets (I get a little thrill when my forms auto-formulate my week's billable hours for me). I'd like to employ it in the next stupid-long line I get stuck in at the grocery store.
Try them on for size-see if you can limit the number of activities you avoid or dislike in your day and life. This is no cure to hard work, its a painkiller - mental mastery and perspective shifts that can change the flavor of hard work. Have a beautiful 4th.