And now… Meditation

Buddah Meditation

And now I [try to] end my night with a meditation.

I have downloaded a free Meditation App. It’s amazing how therapeutic it can be or is supposed to be.  I can vividly remember as a child being in the now and as I left formal schooling, I find my mind often in the future and, perhaps more dangerously, in the past.  I read a Dr Axe article that listed meditation as a treatment for autoimmune diseases and considering how stress can cause all types of physical ailments (like expensive kinds to diagnose at the very least), I have started to appreciate why that could be.

Do what your doing, while you’re doing it.

Even if I can’t listen to my app at night, I remember to focus on my breathing and on the now.

I’ve tried meditation formally once, and it was hosted by someone who was a plumber.  Who would have thought!  It was hard for me to sit for that long without a leg falling asleep.

Have you tried meditation?  How do you like it?

Gift Giving

Chocolate GiftI remember at a very early age I saw a Barbie Ferrari on a TV commercial and thought it was the coolest thing EVAR!  I asked my mom if I could get one but we didn’t have any money she said. To which I thought, Oh No!! There began my awareness of how close one could be to the street, there was sometimes homeless folks who would camp out in a box across the street. 

I felt terrible asking for anything after that point.  I kept a LOT my toys practically NIB. My mom would take us to Playworld, a former toy store in our neighborhood, and she would stalk me to see what I was looking at for a gift idea. So at some point I decided that, when I got someone a gift, it was because I wanted them to have it – and not want or expect anything in return. 

I hated to give a gift to feel like the next day the person would feel obligated to  give something in return.  In the work place, I now plan to wait until it’s the person’s last day in the office, and then I would give them my little token of appreciation and close the books! 🙂

I like this approach because even though though we may have a job, life is expensive. Taking care of kids, parents, a car, taxes. Also, in an effort to downsize and simplify, I don’t need or want anything at this point in my life other than basic necessities.

So what do you do for the holiday season or for gift giving in general? One of the inspirations was helping a friend clean out his house after his mother passed away as well as cleaning out 7 tons of items left behind in an old barn/farm. I told myself I never want to leave that behind for my [GW] kids or grandkids one day. 🙂

The 4 D’s

In one of my earlier jobs, one of the PMs I knew would always talk about the 4 D’s.

  • Do
  • Defer
  • Delegate
  • Delete

I believe this may have stemmed from reading the book Getting things Done.  We always talked about writing the SOP for this – in jest he joked about getting out of any work.

The thought process was that, if it took less than 5 minutes to do, Do it.  If you need to do it and can’t do it now, Defer it (add it to your To Do list or schedule it on your calendar ). If you have someone you can delegate it to, then do that. That was not always an option for me.  If it’s not important, scratch it from your mind/list etc.  In other words, Delete it! 🙂

This was a primary thought process as I would go through email or voice mail. Unfortunately, I would still have time constraints!  I think too that the work world has gotten more complex though the better ones to master this skill of decision-making still may fare better.

Do you have any tips for dealing with the workload that comes your way? I’ve heard a lot about reducing the amount of decisions you make in a day for an easier day.  Let me know what other tips / books /etc. have helped to manage the load!