Unfinished Business

Monday, 20 July 2009, 11:04 | Category : Life
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Are you one of those people who doesn’t want to set an idea or project free in the world until it’s finished? And by finished, I mean polished and perfected to the point that if someone were to uncover a flaw, you would already have discovered it, analyzed it and be able to defend why the flaw exists? I am completely that kind of person.

My yoga studio, however, is not built by people who live with that logic. At both the old location and the new, each studio has always been a work in progress. Finishing work that hasn’t quite gotten finished, areas where touch-up paint still needs to be touched up. In the excitement of allowing others to discover the peace and beauty that is yoga, they’ve decided that it’s “finished enough.”

Interestingly enough, I’ve never heard someone say “I can’t practice here because that section of wall isn’t finished.” Nobody’s ever mentioned it at all. My inner demons point to the flaws and say “How terrible that they didn’t have time to finish the walls! If only they had planned ahead, or closed for a day to get it done.”  I’m trying to grow through yoga though, so while I lay in Savasana and look at the unfinished window sills, I recognize that we’re all bits of unfinished business. No matter how hard we try, the loose ends of our days and our lives will never be tied up in a nice, neat package.

Today, I’m just saying thank you to my practice (and to the studio itself) for reminding me that it’s ok when things aren’t buffed and polished to perfection.

Clean and Bright

Thursday, 2 April 2009, 11:14 | Category : Life
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“Better keep yourself clean and bright. You are the window through which you must see the world.”

-George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) playwright, political activist

Stress

Sunday, 29 March 2009, 14:07 | Category : Life, working
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I recently got this forward from my mom, and thought it was worth sharing and saving:

A lecturer when explaining stress management to an audience, raised a glass of water and asked   ”How heavy is this glass of water?”

Answers called out ranged from 20g to 500g. The lecturer replied, “The absolute weight doesn’t mattter.  It depends how long you try to hold it.
If I hold it for a minute, that’s not a problem.
If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my right arm.
If I hold it for a day, you’ll have to call an ambulance.
In each case, it’s the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the  heavier it becomes.”

He continued, “And that’s the way it is with stress management.  If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes increasingly heavy, we won’t be able to carry on.  “As with the glass of water, you have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again. When we’re refreshed, we can carry on with the burden.”

“So, before you return home tonight, put the burden of work down. Don’t carry it home. You can pick it up tomorrow.  Whatever burdens you’re carrying now, let them down for a moment if you can.”

So, my friend, Put down anything that may be a burden to you right now. Don’t pick it up again until after you’ve rested a while.

Change

Sunday, 1 March 2009, 12:30 | Category : Life
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“You don’t have to like change to take advantage of it,” says Seth Godin.

Change is hard. Whether I want to lose 10 pounds, give up diet coke, or just make my day-to-day life more managable, it’s HARD. Its much easier to get up every Sunday morning, eat a freshly baked cinnamon roll, and read through your emails just like you have for weeks. Its easier to sit discontently at your desk and shuffle papers and to-do lists from pile to pile.

External change, like a change in work situation, serves as a great catalyst for internal change – if you’re willing to take advantage of it. Use it to clean house – to get rid of some of those piles, to eat the last cinnamon roll (and not buy anymore!), and to start in on a work out regimine.

As you can probably guess, I’ve been reading a lot of productivity and organization books lately, trying to get my life in order. There’s a big change heading my way in just a few weeks; a change that will make everything different, forever.

Making Space

Saturday, 28 February 2009, 17:11 | Category : Life, working
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For someone with few friends, and a small family, and an increasingly large job, I seem to be an incredibly busy person. I think its mostly because of how many things I *want* to do – things that I’m constantly collecting information about, that are always getting transferred from to-do list to to-do list.

I end up suffering from information paralysis. I’ve got too many newsletters, too many books, and in the end, too many to-do lists.

This section of Emma by Jane Austen reminded me so much of myself:

“Emma has been meaning to read more ever since she was twelve years old. I have seen a great many lists of her drawing up at various times of books that she meant to read regularly through – and very good lists they were – very well chosen, and very neatly arranged – sometimes alphabetically, sometimes by some other rule. The list she drew up when only fourteen – I remember thinking it did her judgement so very much credit, that I preserved it some time; and I and I dare say she may have made out a very good list now. But I have done with expecting any course of steady reading from Emma. She will never submit to anything requiring industry and patience, and a subjection of the fancy to the understanding.”

I’ve spent even more time lately making lists, as recommended by the good man David Allen, author of Getting Things Done and Ready for Anything. Perhaps one of the most striking things I’ve read by him is regarding getting things off your mind and onto paper.

“Stress comes from unkept agreements with yourself. You can relieve that stress only by canceling the agreement, keeping the agreement, or renegotiating it. But you can’t renegotiate agreements with yourself that you forgot you made. Because psychic RAM has no sense of past or future, things filed there push on you to be done all the time. They must be made conscious and kept so, to alleviate the pressure.”

Now that I’ve seen the list, I’m going to start letting a few things go. I’ve got a horrible habit of being a horder, so even letting information go is difficult. Starting today I will reduce the number of email newsletters I get and never read, and set aside assigned time to do things that are important to me.

Daily Dose of Cute

Wednesday, 25 February 2009, 11:25 | Category : pictures
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Alright, if you’re looking for your daily dose of cute, you’ve got to check out ZooBorns. It’s a collection of pictures of baby animals from a bunch of different zoos, aquariums, etc. The little guy above is a tawny frogmouth chick. If you’re like my friend MaK (which you probably aren’t – she’s one of a kind), you may want to “KILL it and STUFF it and put it on my DESK!”

Either way, it’s undeniably the cutest RSS feed in my reader. :)

Interesting… but who has time?

Tuesday, 24 February 2009, 0:52 | Category : Life
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Yes, these things are kinda cool to make yourself, but who really has the time?

FromHow about Orange

Zero-Inbox Bliss

Tuesday, 24 February 2009, 0:46 | Category : working
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Alright, I’ll admit it. I’m overwhelmed on a daily basis. So, I’ve been going back to review “The 4-hour Work Week”, GTD and more. Today’s theme seems to be the “Zero Inbox” – a nirvana of which I’ve heard, but I haven’t seen in… well, nearly 10 months since I started at this job.

So, maybe tomorrow I’ll re-arrange my inbox filing system so that I can be closer and closer to that inbox Nirvana that so escapes me.

Here are some of the sites that I’ve read (and should read again)

Any readers out there living in inbox zero bliss?

Have you seen…

Sunday, 22 February 2009, 14:09 | Category : Funny or Dumb
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… the new commercial for H&R Block – the one with people with just one eye? The whole premise is the value of getting a second look at your taxes to see if you should get more money back.

Well, I understand what they’re going for – put those faces… with just one eye… they’re just CREEPY.

Happy Friday!

Friday, 20 February 2009, 23:23 | Category : Life
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Hello out there! How are you? Good I hope! It’s Friday night – and you know what that means? It means it’s the WEEKEND! Hooray! For me that means:

  • sleeping past 6 am
  • starting a new book (Emma, by Jane Austen)
  • seeing a movie (Confessions of a Shopaholic)
  • working on my scrapbook

Did I mention sleeping past 6 am? While there are a lot of things that I love about working from home, being at work by 6 am is not one of them. My best-laid plans are to start at 6 am, and be done by 3 pm… 330… maybe 4. Unfortunately, I end up working 6 am to 6 pm… or 7 pm… or later. Which is why weekends are so great. I still work, but I don’t have to be chained in my second bedroom that doubles as an office. Instead I get to do my work from the comfort of my leather arm chair or microfiber couch.

It also may mean that I’ll write a bit more about what’s been going on in my ever-so-exciting life.