Every Friday Leo asked us to blog about how we did with unprocrastination. I missed yesterday but it's one day late. I swear it's not because I procrastinated :p, just prefer to do it on saturday.
I didn't write down how I did but If i had to give it a number I think I had 80% success rate. The small habits I'm working on are my waking and pre-bed habits: 1) tidying up as I go; 2) stretches; 3) meditation/contemplation (mindfulness). I did tidy up all week as my room is organized, so is the kitchen, so is my desk and files. Some days it wasn't necessary to tidyup very long at all, so I'd do something extra, or just skip it. I have been stretching right after waking and before sleeping. I do a simple sun salutation and some cat cows and then some stretches on my back. I've did that this week at about 90%. For the 3rd, meditation/mindfulness, I've done that about 60%. I am working on being mindful of my emotions, so I've been using my feelings as a central point in my meditation. I forget to do it sometimes, or I start and get distracted.
2. What got in the way?
I think sometimes what got in the way was my craving to watch a show on my ipad instead before bed, or read. And then just kind of rush my rituals. in the morning, I also over slept and then didn't have time or just felt anxious so the whole point of stretching and mindfulness was focused around quelling my anxiety.
I think another thing that got in the way was not being able to sit in cross-legged position for too long becauseI'm dealing with some sciatica issues. Which is why I'm building in the stretching, mindfulness habits so that it can help me manage my stress and also keep my back open.
3. What can I do next week differently to remove those impediments?
One thing I'd like to do is do cardio regularly to help manage stress and also sleep better. I think that will help with my stretching and mindfulness because then i won't be dealing with anxiety as much when I'm doing my unprocrastination and can focus instead on well-being and breathing and calming my body for transition into/out ofthe day. I feel lke a lot of my energy is spent on processing stress and anxiety that I could do through exercise instead of my meditation time.
Another thing I can do is stick to a sleeping schedule. I've been kind of irregular which doesn't help with waking with enough time to get it done. I don't want to over tax myself either, so I'm going to focus on changing one thing next week to help my unprocrastination.
I think the most immediate thing will be to do cardio next week (walking, biking or swimming) to help process stress.
I'm also practicing staying present and not over intellectualizing things, which is such a challenge for me! i'm fighting the temptation to analyze my emotions and processes and just keep it simple, so, that's also a win for me. Keeping it simple and in the body. So i want to focus on exercise to help my unprocrastination around mindfulness be more effective and less about processing the days emotions.
thanks for reading!
I really liked what you said in your last paragraph, "I'm also practicing staying present and not over intellectualizing things, which is such a challenge for me! i'm fighting the temptation to analyze my emotions and processes and just keep it simple, so, that's also a win for me. Keeping it simple and in the body." I find that this approach to simplicity of the mind especially (with some minimalism thrown in for good measure) works for me as well. You are doing great! :-)
I love the focus on the body... keeping it simple and in the body! Wondering how it's going adding the exercise... while I agree that this is a great plan for stress reduction, I'm struggling with how to fit it in. I guess since I'm not meditating, I can't give that up in favor of the exercise! I wear a fit bit and have been shooting for 10k steps/day, but falling way short this last week. Even when I hit the 10k, it doesn't feel like I ever really worked up a sweat, which I'm not sure is as helpful with the stress reduction. Hope it's going well... planning to schedule in some time to assess the week starting next week, since this Friday/weekend I will be out of town for a friend's 40th birthday party. Thanks for sharing your progress!! ~Rashel
Freddy, there's something I wanted to share with you. Rashel and I both had some confusion about our group. "Who are they and where do I find them?" I recently wrote Saba about this and he sent me URLs for all of our group members pages, below.
My page is at:
And here's all of our team:
(Note: TheSpicySheep's account has been deleted.)
If you go to this icon (in red) and click it, it will drop down and give you the choice to "follow this blog." If you click that, then all of our team members' blogs will be in that menu, and make it much easier to locate the next time.
please note: this blog was not the result of a prompt from Leo, I just wanted to write it. It's mostly for myself to process what I'm thinking, and it's not edited at all.
I've been thinking alot about what Leo is proposing, that fear is the root of all of blocks we see in our lives. it makes sense. I was listening to KPFK 90.7 yesterday during their fundraiser and they had a guest who was talking about the stories we tell ourselves that are defeating, how we see ourselves in a particular situation or problem the way we would have seen ourselves when we first encountered this problem, that is probably as young children, teens or adults.
we are stuck there essentially. stuck in a story about this problem and stuck in a story about the results of this problem.
i totally get this intellectually, but there's a saying in spanish: del dicho al hecho hay un gran trecho... or from words to action there's a big gap.
Mission #5: Pick a problem for which fear is holding you back, and spend 2-5 minutes on it during each unprocrastination session.
I am still working on this one because I am still working on getting into a grove with the unprocrastination sessions. I have done a few but not yet regularly.
However, in a sense I've already been working on this, because I have been spending a few minutes each day on my big goal -- exercise. I have been very very slowly building up my morning routine. I started with just 2 mins meditation followed by getting my work out clothes on and walking around the block. Each week I have added a tiny bit of time onto either the meditation or the exercise (add 1 min to the meditation or add some exercise) -- or some weeks I just try to maintain the whole habit if I feel like I have too much going on to add. Right now I am holding steady at 5 mins meditation plus walking the block plus a third activity that varies depending on the day of the week: MWF run the block; T/Th do 7-minute workout; Sat gardening; Sun yoga.
Each day I have been noticing the fear of discomfort, acknowledging it, and moving on to continue the task. I will work more to actively "comfort" the child inside who is feeling the fear, more than simply acknowledging it. On busy days I have an additional fear that I don't have enough time (i.e., I fear that if I do the habit, I will not have time to do x,y, and z.) I will work on applying this process of noticing and self-comforting related to this fear. Some of these days I will do the habit anyway -- noticing the fear and allowing it. Other days I will choose to skip it if I really don't have adequate time, but on these days I can a) notice the fear and follow the same process, and b) do a shortened version of the habit.
I'm noticing another thing -- a fear that I will drop the habit before I build up to where I want it to be. Building up the exercise is a long a slow process. I've actually been building up since mid-April and I still feel like I'm not doing much in the way of exercise and yet continuing to find it difficult to get it done. So it's hard to trust the process and remember that slow and steady progress will get me there in the long run. I'd like to eventually build up to 20 min meditation and 30 min exercise. On the plus side, I've been very consistent about sticking to it -- only missed a couple of days since mid-April, although several days I did it in the evening because I was too busy in the morning. I also have a big problem because although this is working for me now over the summer, I'm not currently getting up early enough to continue doing it once I start teaching early morning classes in the fall. In order to make this really doable, I'm going to have to tackle a whole 'nother habit of getting up early, which means first tackling the habit of going to bed at a consistent time each night. This is one I have tried several times before without success. I will be tackling this one soon!