Cultivating Personal Awesome On An Everyday Basis

Productivity guide

So i like to binge read several self-enrichment books at the same time (Kindle makes this super easy) and The One Thing is (ironically) one of them at the moment. It’s got some excellent practical schizz in it.  In fact, i highly recommend  it if you’re longing for a boot up the glutes productivity wise.   This bit below especially resonated and it’s genius advice for the Zap Zone:

Personal energy mismanagement is a silent thief of productivity.

 

When we keep borrowing against our future by poorly protecting our energy, there is a predictable outcome of either slowly running out of gas or prematurely crashing and burning. You see it all the time…(people) try to do too much and because this never works out over time, they end up making a horrific deal with themselves. They go for success by sacrificing their health. They stay up late, miss meals or eat poorly and completely ignore exercise.

 

Personal energy becomes an afterthought; allowing health and home life to suffer becomes acceptable by default.  Driven to hit goals, they think of cheating themselves as a good bet, but this gamble can’t pay off. Not only does this approach consistently short-circuit your best work, it’s dangerous to assume that health and hearth will just be waiting for you to come back and enjoy anytime in the future.

 

High achievement and extraordinary results require big energy. The trick is learning how to get it and keep it.

Most of us – i think – know exactly how to cultivate and harness our personal energy, it’s just a matter of doing it, in a world full of quick fix promises and the concept of bogus success via debt slavery/luxury goods etc. Another really good book on productivity and personal energy – very now – is Eat Move Sleep by Tom Rath.  

Diagnosed young with an appalling disease that basically kept seeding cancerous tumors in his body, he was forced to investigate precisely what is absolutely proven to work in terms of optimal functioning and he has turned it into an uber-pragmatic tome full of micro-tips – small changes, big results.

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Earthstar

Gees I love how this website is an encyclopedic library of an answer to the Aristotelian (among others) question of~how does one live a Good Life? Thanks Mystic for bringing the self-enquiry and wisdom as always! Xoo

April

I think part of the problem re: all this is that the whole trope of the hard-suffering hard worker is so celebrated. It’s as if suffering more MUST mean you’re working harder – but it doesn’t. So often, at least in my observation, people who completely tire themselves out do so while peppering their day with blogs and facebook and other meaningless bits. And then they complain about how much work they have to do and how little sleep they get. If we all worry less about looking like we work hard and just get our jobs done and take… Read more »

anon flux

The notion of ‘productivity’ with reference to work irks me because it’s a word right wing types use to dehumanise the output of the resource otherwise known as humans. Like you, my observation has been that the ones who complain about being tired etc. are the ones who seem to deliberately set out to make everything hard for themselves. It’s as if they go to work every day in order to manifest their lowest expectations. Living the dream.

Dyhana

I just found the Scheduler! lol…….. plan the awesome! I lub this site, always finding something cool.

Scorporation, Inc.

Yeah, so, my motivation to get out there & chase the money is totally in the shitter. Plan B: stay in & nurture myself! A nap, some cheesy movies about little girls & their horses, lots of water, a nap…

I do feel something rising on the horizon. I think many of us do. Powering down, recharging, getting ready.

AKAPluto

See, that’s what I don’t understand…giving myself the inner ” ok” to not have that motivation…to stay in and watch movies…all that stuff. Can you please enlighten us? The guilt!

Scorporation, Inc.

I have a tiny twinge of guilt, I do! Lol

For starters, I have zero astral bodies in Cap– or Toro, or Virgo. I can slack.

But what is slacking other than Zen meditation time, or time to spend with my son who is growing & changing *every day*, or playing with my camera, or just whatever, you know? I’m a firm believer that whenever I feel a nap coming on, dammit I should be able to take one. So should everyone!

Play & rest are serious biz. Biz. Time to do payroll. x

david5379

haha, I usually feel guilty if I play video games or watch movies, but if its just *one* episode of a show(its never one episode) or just wasting a few minutes on the internet(its never just a few minutes) I don’t feel bad. Then I end up doing just as much nothing anyways.

Scorporation, Inc.

Video games: I just discovered Portal 2.

Blew my mind so hard I still don’t know where half of it is. My mind, I mean.

Awesome game!

david5379

that’s a pretty great game. I really want to play the last of us, that ps3 game, like I am going to get a used ps3 just for that game. I keep putting it off because I know I will get hooked and spend all my free time on it until I beat it. Anywho, if you like portal, I heard this computer game called swapper was good, its on steam, and stanley’s parable looks like a twilight zone episode if you want something trippy. I used to be way better at recommending video games, I used to know everything,… Read more »

Scorporation, Inc.

I’ve recorded all of that for future reference 😉 Thank you, david5379 xx

It’s all part of the process, the work of creative genesis, to play & sleep & dick around & get distracted. Not just for artsy types, but for anyone who is still breathing & evolving. Of course we should not get lost here, no more than we should spend too much time in quantitative paradigms of “work” & “earn.”

It should be, like, 70/30, the play/work ratio. 75/25. Yep.

david5379

hmm, for some reason I think most of my time should be working, but on second thought that doesn’t make sense, maybe a decent time should be on work, but not most, hmm, thats something to rethink, I still don’t spend most of my time working anyways, might as well not feel guilty about it and this way I can actually do work when working and have a proper time or fucking around otherwise

david5379

hmm, kind of like sleep even, you need proper sleep to be awake, maybe you need proper play to work

Pi

Agree. Half- assed procrastination is better spent going crazy outside / wherever doing something very much not study. Brain then refocused..

Pegasus

Spending time watching National Velvet is a gift to yourself 🙂

Scorporation, Inc.

So True! xx

Domestic Triffid

This made me laugh ! I read the “St Clares” and “Chalet School” books when I want a total relax. I’m also reading a lot of Georgette Heyer on my Kindle – “The Grand Sophy” has to be one of my very favourite books of all times 😀

Scorporation, Inc.

Awww

Totally 😉

Veronica

Georgette Heyer a big part of my treasured reads, she is actually so funny! My fav is maybe Arabella, The Unknown Ajax, Grand Sophy too. She was a Leo, read her biography last year.
And I like Nancy Mitford as a writer.
the Mitfords were a fascinating bunch of sisters…one a duchess, one married to a fascist sir Oswald Mosley, another also way too close to Adolf Hitler, one a communist, two good writers. Actually they all wrote little letters and notes to each other very frequently

Domestic Triffid

Oh Yes ! Nancy Mitford’s biography of Madame De Pompadour is another of my all time favourite reads 😀

I have four copies 😀 😀

Maria

I work for a service provider in the community looking after the elderly. Now Iam no spring chicken myself but what I worked out and quick was that if I don’t keep myself fit strong and healthy then Iam not doing myself or them any favours. How the others in my job manage being unfit is beyond me. I stay strong fit and above my game. I see how people age and how some have never taken care of themselves and how sick they get. I want to age well and have a happy and fit old age where I… Read more »

CannySagg

Hear hear!

anon flux

I don’t multi task. I batch. I have multiple gigs which involve many similar tasks so I do the things that are all the same kind of task for all the different gigs at the same time. So much more efficient. And you get to stay in the mood of the task. Especially for things like writing or doing research, it’s so much easier and more streamlined to remain in the flow.

anon flux

having lived through 70 hour working weeks + making time for 1-2 acupuncture sessions a week to keep it all in check being the only ‘me’ time I can vouch for the need not to let the tide go too far out trying to reach the goals you set yourself. No matter how much you think you want them. It’s not worth it.

Ms.

Yep. Did the 70hr week and know the pain. Not worth it.

prowlncrab

Just the other day I was considering the energy expenditure of things vs their overall benefit. Particularly relationships – how much energy has been thrown willy nilly at those for very little overall benefit??? It’s a bit like gambling – except I am NOT a gambler and have never seen the point. From now on I shall be more conservative in who and what I invest time and energy into.

12th house virgo

I really need to get on this. I did have a healing realization in Venus retro. I was so excited about the Pisces coming to cook for me. He really talked it up. But in practice, his passion wasn’t really in it. And I realized what I eat is my priority. I have to work on it and step up. No one can value my values but me. It was more fun cooking with an audience, sure, but there’s no outsourcing the work. I thought he might motivate me to exercise, being a climber and all, but even that I… Read more »

12th house virgo

The Pisces once brought home sale meat and I ate it and then I cried for the next day like I digested the cruelty of it. I went vegetarian for the next week but I am a meat eater, I feel horrible on veg diet, supplements and all. Anyway, I am very very very selective about my meat. I didnt even know how much so. Anyway, I know no one but me knows what I need and I short change myself too often for sure.

Veronica

I wanted to say something too, re when you wrote that his emotional home was at his mothers’ place, I understand that. because a big part of the Leo’s problems when I took him in were that both his parents had died suddenly, quite close to each other, and he had no other home. So when we had the hideous fights, he couldn’t really take off somewhere else and we were sort of forced to work through it all. I don’t know if this would have been the case had his mother, particularly, been still alive. I am very glad… Read more »

prowlncrab

Sorry to hear that the Pisces didn’t work out (read about it on another thread but didn’t have time to respond). Retro Venus has been a real biatch around relationships for a lot of people – myself included. First you seem to get Mr/Ms Perfect dangled in front of you, then they get snatched away! A bit rude if you ask me … nevermind the very Cappy lesson in fantasy vs reality and to hedge one’s bets before making too much of an investment in a person. I still think it’s a bit harsh to view relationships like this …… Read more »

12th house virgo

Yes. Hedging bets. I felt like I had to take a risk for the Pisces and I did and he burned me. I’ve been crying so much its ridiculous. I know its better to let it go now before more damage is done, but I am so hurt right now I’m embarrassed.

Veronica

You are such a good woman. And you have my respect, and a lot of others, I think. Xxxx

12th house virgo

thank you, xxx

prowlncrab

Yeah I hear ya – I was back there pretty much all December. Completely fuqing gutted and miserable. Didn’t give a shit about shite. I reckon feeling hurt is pretty damn normal when you let someone in like that, take on the vulnerability and then find that the other can’t handle actually handle it. No need to be embarrassed!!! Shows courage that you were willing to take a chance maybe? No self flagellation – self care, lots of space and time and rest. *hugs*

12th house virgo

I am surprised by how wrecked I am right now. I mean, I KNEW he was a risky deal, but how would I know what would happen without giving him a chance? I really didn’t invest something without asking myself if I was ready to loose, or take on (as is the case of the pets) the additional responsibility. Suffering comes for expectation and I got really wrapped up in mine. Its like the Universe makes life so painful that you can’t look forward or back so you have no choice but to love the moment. Its kind of clever… Read more »

anon flux

oh it’s so good to hear you talk about ‘the moment’ 😀 i just posted about it below but it seems you already have a handle on it xxx

Scorpbot

aww… feel for you 12th V.
No need to be embarrassed. You’re only human and at least you took a risk. That’s more than some people are capable of.

*passes cup of tea*

12th house virgo

Thank you, I really needed someone to hand me a cup of tea (sniff) 🙂

Andromeda

Agree with the others above! You showed what a courageous, emotionally integrated and openly loving person you are. You got to really know what you are capable of and I think you can be really proud of yourself. I know you are feeling raw and so hurt right now. But re “No one can value my values but me”, I get the impression some singles (not you doll!) seem to think values are hobbies or something… I am in a relationship where my partner is verrry different to me. What bonds us (despite our complete lack of interest in each… Read more »

12th house virgo

What a wonderful thing to say, thank you.

anon flux

please try not to feel embarrassed. i mean I get it why you might but I that’s you judging yourself, far harsher than others would. I loved the way you went full immersion – I’m sure there’s a lot more going on but that’s part of why there’s so much crying. You were living 100% in the moment and taking risks that most people wouldn’t have the balls to even consider. When you do that kind of thing it’s like you’re breathing different air. It was totally uranian and often those things don’t last long but they’re pivotal. Always pivotal.… Read more »

Domestic Triffid

Oh and PS: Thanks for that link to Eat Move Sleep – it has a free personal plan questionnaire. We disagree on what constitutes healthy eating, but its very helpful.

Domestic Triffid

The best book on this subject I have found is called “Make It Happen in 10 Minutes a Day” by Lorne Holden. There are many books on this theme, but this is the kindest and clearest I have found on the subject. She even suggests reading the book in ten minute bursts 😀 I got myself a hot pink, egg shaped timer (make of that symbolism what you will) and when I need to make stuff happen, I set my intentions, set it for ten minutes and off I go. I also use this: (its free – I made it)… Read more »

Double Happiness

Hey Triffid, am a meditation app lover too, I am loving “I Can” with a lovely Scottish voiced hypnotherapist and am so grateful for the changes it has brought and how I am so much more able to withstand situations and neg environments and stay calm and centered. Work has been really difficult since the squares etc in early Jan and this has been my saving grace…..will check out the others you mentioned

Domestic Triffid

Thanks ! Will check it out. I do like a nice calming accent. The Inner Voyage from Alchemy have a lovely accent.

One of the great sadnesses of my life is that Glenn Harrol sounds like a used car salesman to me 🙁 I’m sure his work is marvellous, he gets so many good reviews, but I can’t listen to more than five minutes without the sneaking suspicion that David Beckham is trying to sell me a lemon !

12th house Virgo

Funny. I have an egg timer an set it for 10 minutes while I jump rope. I can’t jump rope for a solid 10 yet, but it’s my goal. Oops. Got to get back on it tomorrow.

Pi

Dt such good timing… I was looking for some nice apps for meditation, super kind motivation etc…Will start here x

VSLR

Nah! Gave up believing in balance. Did me wonders. Ditching the belief that I had to have work-life balance allowed me to have massive periods of rests which I love and need and then once I have a project/goal/ idea that I am passionate about I go at it full speed. Not all the time but most of the time.

Domestic Triffid

I agree:) I prefer this:

Vslr

Yup! The first totally speaks to me. Thanks! Xx

12th house Virgo

I tend to balance that way too and try to rennet I’m not just here to be productive 24/7

fallen angel

This is beautiful, and really, when it breaks down to it, it really is one thing at a time. At least if you’re to get anywhere with it. I find that pursuing “balance” in terms of balancing it all is a bit of a fallacy.. there’s never really a point where things are always equal, and it can be additionally punishing to set up that goal. There’s always going to be times when things go a bit lopsided in one direction or another, especially if you happen to be passionate about it..but I always go back to the question, how… Read more »

Veronica

So glad, FA, that your sis is very protective and caring of you. Makes me sad to think of your quietly ailing heart. There was a time when I would have stood in front of a bullet for my sister gladly, a fierce love and protectiveness of her but the passage of time and space, and blows from the family have diluted that. It’s probably still there, but I am a lot more guarded too.

fallen angel

Auuw, thanks V.. things have been a bit hectic lately and almost forgot I posted about my sister in the other thread. I have two sisters actually, one I’m very close to, the Lovely Libran who is indeed the over protective one. And the other, who’s a Cappo and sadly a bit alienated from all of us due to a mishap of lies. So I sort of have both those situations going. For the sister who protects me, I have to be gentle with her in the sense that it’s all coming from a good place yet I know undoubtedly,… Read more »

whoopdeedoo

Went to The One Thing website MM linked. The two rabbits! Yes! I remember first hearing this aphorism from a Russian neighbor and thought it perfectly described the problem we had on a project — a project that eventually crashed and burned chasing too many rabbits. So wise.

electric eel libran

i don’t multi-task. Hopefully that shitty term died in the 80’s. I generally put in place my needs: food time, workout time, sleep time, sexy time when it is avail which is rare, friends time, buffer zones which can be used for extra playtime or sudden work…. then put the work in around that framework. Sure I’m broke as hell but I have great health and little mental strain. I have great energy.

whoopdeedoo

Yeah, back to the basic Hierarchy of Needs. Food, sleep, safety, physical health.

Had a rough morning with the tween, so brain automatically engaged problem solving mode where I devised a chart for helping her reduce her morning stress, etc. etc. Then STOPPED. Just stopped. Chart all good, but what about me? What am I doing to reduce my stress, take care of myself, create supports for my daily life? No. Oxygen mask on mom, first! Dot can wait.

Electric Eel Libran

Exactly, there has to be some self care. =)

Scorporation, Inc.

I employed this method & loved it– then I didn’t have money to keep the electricity & heat on, let alone superfluous shit like an internet connection. I’ve known partners who insist that keeping house & raising kids all while pursuing a calling that isn’t making much money (if any) is “fine, honey, of course! I support you: you support me, I support you!” And then it isn’t ok, because it always comes back to the cheddar, doesnt it? Fuck the house, fuck the kids, fuck your paintings/writings/artsy whatever because none of that shit doesnt make money & money’s what… Read more »

Electric Eel Libran

everything either costs time or money sadly. 🙁

bull with sting in tail

It was the first thing i learned about economics …

Opportunity cost

Trading one thing for the thing you are doing instead of the other thing

Balancing the budget is called life i suppose 🙂

Domestic Triffid

Yes, but always I remember that what makes you truly happy is not possessions but experiences.

On this basis we recently decided NOT to spend a heap of money renovating out house, but instead use the money that would free up to truly, truly travel.

People who’ve been on here a while are probably sick to death of me saying this but, I WANT TO GO TO PORTOFINO !! (My Dad lived there as a little boy) and by Godde I want to travel more than I want new floorboards or a shiny bathroom !!

Scorporation, Inc.

PORTOFINO!!

Domestic Triffid

PORTOFINO ! I almost amde it my Word of the Year, but I’m going for GUSTO ! Instead : D

Scorporation, Inc.

LOVE IT!

😀

Andromeda

New floorboards!!!!
Shiny bathroom!! *sigh*

Scorporation, Inc.

I know. *sigh*

david5379

I have been trying to be more productive lately, its hard with college stuff, I haven’t been able to get a good solid schedule yet, things keep happening that mess it up. At the very least I work out regularly, but even that I had to skip a week from being sick, little things like that keep happening to thwart various new habits I am trying to adopt, I am well on my way though.
I am used to tons of false starts before things actually change, that seams to be the way things work anyways.

VSLR

I think I caught a cold the same time you were ill too. Was too poorly to even contribute here. It seems you have discovered the pattern that gets things going Brilliant!

Just a heads up from me since I am preparing for finals too which are 17 weeks away for me while battling physical, emotional and mental health at the same time.

We can do it!!

david5379

We sure can pal, and dang, I procrastinated studying for an exam I have tomorrow, I don’t even want to think about finals ha

Andro

Ha, when I stay up late etc. (like now) to the detriment of my future self I try to remember to do something nice for my future self also. Like, getting things ready for the next morning. It’s like buying yourself flowers, a message from someone who loves you.. It sounds a bit mental now I have said it.. Actually I always thought it is a feature of my ADD I find it so hard to do more than live in the present. But the present is so rich to me! Wish I had more Capricorn in my chart, I… Read more »

pi

Future self. Hmm. Yes… Xo

virgo kathleen

Fantastic. I need these books in my life. It’s a really rough winter here in the Midwestern U.S. and as soon as winter settled in I felt my energy lower. I must have mild seasonal affective disorder. So I just…stopped exercising at all. It’s hard to get to the gym as it’s been constantly far below freezing and if the temperature isn’t bad it’s snowing. Right now it’s -8*F and I’m just SO done with winter. (As soon as I am able I am moving somewhere warmer that better suits my personality). [/rant] My point is that I need to… Read more »

whoopdeedoo

Cap Sun, not Moon, but I co-sign your constant need to get stuff done. Always have a project, big or small. Can’t just watch a movie or tv at home and not have hand work or something to “justify” my time in front of The Box. Yes, the cold is getting to me too. Think I’ve been struggling against SAD for weeks. Worse now that I’m between projects. Can’t afford gym, but youtube has exercise vids. And I’m doing a bit of color therapy with a personal project. Dominant sunny warm colors! The astro season and the oracle all remind… Read more »

virgo kathleen

of course, I should have included Cap suns.

Wow, I’m the same. If I’m watching a movie I try to be drawing or working on something too.

Color therapy sounds nice. I keep pinning tropical pictures on Pinterest, anything to escape the cold and gray.

I like your last sentence…I’ll try to do that too.

pi

Hi. Cap moon. Productivity: sort of. Yes. I suspect a Virgo and a Pisces (me) might interpret that differently though. Maybe? Eg hamster-wheel things that do not contribute to something awesome, well that stuff will never get off my to do list. but If I’m not marching towards some long-range career / life goal, I’ll wonder what is the point of even being alive, castigate myself for my pathetic lack of ambition and therefore worthlessness as a human being etc. Yeah. Can’t clean the bathroom to save myself but think nothing of another tertiary qualification. I might be a hard… Read more »

virgo kathleen

hahaha! I relate. The stuff I feel like I need to be doing is not necessarily cleaning the bathroom either but more like constantly learning, career stuff. The room (sometimes) gets clean but at the end of the day after the ‘meaningful’ stuff.

I just wish I could feel okay with where I’m at not in a complacent way but in an enlightened “I am whole” way. Sigh…

pi

Yes! I understand. Finessing the distinction between inner peace Vs. Secretly accusing ourselves of avoidance / “you-know-you’re-bludging”.

I think somehow accepting the rich totality of life … Like you said, Wholeness so we can still push on but also seeing the relativity of the Drive..? Dunno.

Mitra

Everything is interconnected, Pi. Having a clean bathroom and feeling like you managed time for that definitely contributes to achieving whatever awesome you seek.

whoopdeedoo

Agreed. I think these imbalances come back to hurt us somehow. More importantly, cleaning a small space wherever I’m living or working is completely practical therapy. When I’m wrestling with something Big in my life — or have a dozen plates spinning — scrubbing the bathroom floor, and cleaning the mirrors and the porcelain is SO MANAGEABLE. And quick. And done. It’s like 15minutes of the cheapest therapy you can buy. Ditto washing the dishes or giving the counter and cabinets a scrub. I’ve had plenty of great inspirations with a washrag in my hand. And I don’t have to… Read more »

Veronica

Am on team cleaning 🙂

Enjoy scrubbing bathroom, sweeping floor, rearranging shelves, majorly relaxing. it’s actually a time waster when I should be getting on with something else

S

If I am feeling stressed or afraid, I like to occupy my hands with hand washing the dishes.

S

But I’d say dishwashers are the freakn bomb. A slave to the suds no more.

pi

Look I mean I agree and everything, but I hate many forms of cleaning 🙂 and would rather pay someone else to do it, most of the time., if it needs doing most of the time… I don’t see any inherent value in scrubbing stuff (that’s what virgos are for isn’t it? Ok ok joke) xx but yes I am getting off track I know

S

Meow Pi. That’s what Virgo’s are for…so funny. I am still trying to wrap my brain around Jack Black being a Virgo, Libra or Saggi I’d so get that but Virgo. I’d love to request a MM post on the most unlikely celebrity sun sign list.

Pi

No meow intended, virgos number highly among my fave peeps Eva and it’s not cos they’re scrubbers *innocent look*

S

Touché Pi

Pi

Oh and I can see the Jack black Virgo thing for sure. Wow. JB crush at New levels 😀 its in his powers of observation and sharp mind I think..

S

His performance of Bernie Tiede was extremely Virgo. Agree he has a funny sharpe mind. But doesn’t vibe Virgo to me.

Mitra

According to a #1 Best Seller on the mysterious workings of a man’s brain, no self respecting one is going to commit to a woman with a dirty bathroom. You know, if you need inspiration :0

electric eel libran

someone needs to tell courtney love that. I’m pretty sure her bathroom looked as disheveled her bedroom.

AKAPluto

Wow, this blog is so crazy. It’s like it just reads my mind… I was JUST having this conversation. Like, five minutes before I sat down and read this post. Mars/Jupiter conjunct in Capricorn. Today for my day off, in which I am supposed to “do nothing and relax” I cooked all of my food for the next three days, did three loads of laundry, took my dog to the park AND caught up with my best friend on the phone. And I said to her, ” I just can’t DO NOTHING!’ I just do stuff slower and lazier than… Read more »

virgo kathleen

Your last paragraph! YES.

I keep meaning to meditate every day. I don’t know why I don’t because it’s probably the most beneficial thing I could do all day. Going within, relaxing, centering, etc.

From now on self care must be a permanent part of my routine, NOT something that I will ‘allow’ myself to do if I feel I’ve gotten enough done.

Pi

Yes.. so true

Ms.

That’s what being busy for busy sake vs actually productive does. This slave culture has managed to harness all the anxiety of the protestant guilt complex re bodies and personal time without any actual church now…

Pi

you put it so much more succinctly than I could have 🙂

anon flux

You’re on the moula re slave culture. I watched a documentary about rome and that’s when it clicked. I’ve never understood people who ARE their jobs. You know what I mean yeah? Turns out the concept that your job or work was a measure of how highly you were held in regard by the community was embedded in Roman times. There was a road lined with tombstones and on all of them even the slaves had their occupations listed. They took their jobs to their graves with them. Or vice versa depending on what the job was. It made a… Read more »

Pi

except now we replace “being organised” or whatever as the new realm of personal downfall. ‘Forgive me, personal development guru, for I have sinned’ this is what I mean about our NEED for religion or a belief system where we can redeem ourselves. Unless we’re thinking clearly and realise that most acts do not require redemption. That guilt culture. I must be impure. Make me whole again. the idea of the sacred otherland / other way of being that we’re always striving to reach – that’s Eden right there, paradise, whatever you call it, by any other name etc. Same… Read more »

Pi

well nothing *requires* redemption, but many of us seek the person who has the insight, wisdom, power to bestow peace of mind. used to be priests, still is in many places, seers, voodoo, whatever. the mind needs peace, sometimes it needs support for that.
*note I am actively avoiding the topic of church megalomania as that’s not the angle I am coming from in this line of thinking xx

Pi

‘power to bestow… ‘ being where the corruption starts I guess. typing into an empty void here. ah blogland, how you suck my time sometimes. excuse me, i need to go to the pool for a swim and look at some real people xox

anon flux

😆

Ms.

That’s exactly what the death of community looks like. You can’t be a person outside of your role. All this fake choice when it comes down to status built on education few can afford. That’s the first thing you do to kick the ladder out, you divide education. But yes, it’s an ingrained prodestant guilt complex that runs on the unconscious programming imo. Slave to god etc. This a very patriarchal anti physical outlook, there is no value in the body apart from its function and work. Take the ticket to heaven away and its the same thing we have… Read more »

Chrysalis

Cap moon here – and yes I’m guilty of this. I never get enough done. I also know that I am really unproductive a lot of the time. I do hours but waste a lot of time. I need to work on being productive for 100 per cent of the time and then enjoying my time out.

AKAPluto

Time out IS productive! xoxoox

leo-scorp grrrl

OMG- same. I fell like its never enough. I watch an hour of TV without getting up mabe once every two weeks. (Then feel guilty) My kids will want me to just sit and watch something and it is so hard not feel like I need to pay bills or clean the kitchen! I can play games/cards and not get up to be “productive”. Weird.

Porkchop

Love it when you recommend these types of books, Mystic! Bought all the Steve Pressfield books after hearing about them from you and they’ve been a big help.

Also on a book note – I finally bought 50 Shades of Grey and I am kind of enjoying it! lol. Never thought I would, but it is pure fantasy. Looking forward to the movie – the actor playing Christian is hhhhot! I am not usually into muscle-y guys but like him.

Ms.

God this is so relevant right now, I mean I know we are zap and all but really, my entire life looks like a maths sum vs ditching emotional complexity. I have 6 cells worth of vital energy, if 3 go to work, 1 goes to getting to work and 2 go to working at home, how many cells do I have left for myself? exactly, nothing That was early last year and all of 2012 Because I figured out I associate working myself into the ground and exhaustion with hard work and earning, that I don’t deserve to win… Read more »

electric eel libran

i love how eloquently you describe the maths here. I just call myself a pizza. You can slice it up unequally but you can’t make more pizza.

AKAPluto

Here, here!!!

bull with sting in tail

Respect.

Love.

anon flux

re the lazy straight job types. don’t get me started on the drones.

anon flux

More than a split second to think about that would be a waste of time and energy.

anon flux

they do have it made in some ways though. I thought that the last time I worked in that kind of place. I can’t drone day in day out – not that there’s anything wrong with the people who choose that lifestyle. Just that their paths lead to outcomes that would never satisfy me. I need more and there must be a certain level of action in my day. Having a cup of tea at the same time every morn and arvo is not my kind of routine. And there must be some kind of intangible until it is made… Read more »

Lux interior is My Co-Pilot

Thanks for the reminder! We can do it if we take the time to look after ourselves first, then make time and focus on what we want to achieve. xxx

Libra9

Years ago I worked for a woman who turned out to be one my best bosses ever. Her motto was: Achieve more, do less. The idea was to concentrate on what you really need to do, do it properly and don’t scatter the energy. It is easy to forget, especially if you work with workplace psychopaths, bullies and other incompetents. But you can always win against such people by sticking to your true path.

davidl

Yes ! Same, when young starting out someone taught me this too. In the 80’s there was a culture of doing overtime to show your commitment etc to the job. I remember working at a big corp watching family men falling asleep at their desks at 8:30 at night and thinking, shouldn’t they be at home with their wives and kids ? Anyway this new boss ( a woman) walked in one day and said if people can’t do their job between 9-5 then there is something wrong with the approach to their work. Things got better. The older guys… Read more »

Ms.

I love this. Here comes some one (happens to be a woman) actually trying to improve their lives and take a professional critique at the use of time (good for biz) and the dinosaurs don’t get it and think they must kill her off instead of admitting they could re approach their own methods with a fresher better method just because they did not innovate it. This is exactly why things don’t work in a lot of places.

electric eel libran

it’s because she’s trying to change the “rules”. a lot of people are sticklers for certain unchangeable rules even if they don’t favor your success…because they prefer consistency. its so dumb. but part of me understands. The last PT retail job i had with a hippie coop had these sort of changeable rules thing and it was hell on the employee side keeping up with what was expected of you because of how often things changed. What got you kudos with one boss branded you a troublemaker with another. It was almost impossible to win across the board. You had… Read more »

Ms.

Bad management is no substitute for consistency x

AlterEgoTrip

This is one of the most “Awesome” items you have shared. I, probably like many others, have discovered much of this the hard way. I did work very hard toward a goal to suddenly have my support system collapse which would have been easier to maintain had I just “slowed it down”. WE have to remember this stuff.. and teach it.

mitra

Agreed, EET. Personal energy management = nirvana. There is definitely a connection between being able to identify each of the steps we take or might take towards a goal and appreciating the energy required to take them. And understanding the distractions that direct our finite energy away from our goals and why.

Utterly ZZ.

Nightrose

I agree, one of the best shared items so far, and thats saying a lot as many posts here are informative, not only from MM but also the community here.

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