1. I accept that I am under the control of a higher power (Muppet).

Procrastination

http://www.hashref.com/summaries/TheNowHabit.pdf
Permalink Bluebeard 
March 11th, 2007 5:04pm
Oh the irony that you couldn't be bothered to write even a single word describing the link...
Permalink Send private email a2800276 
March 11th, 2007 5:06pm
Hey, it took me months to even get as far as posting this thread.

Ungrateful prat!
Permalink Bluebeard 
March 11th, 2007 5:07pm
Bookmarked.

I'll read it later.
Permalink trollop 
March 11th, 2007 6:05pm
>"Oh the irony that you couldn't be bothered to write even a single word describing the link..."

That's not procrastination unless you think he was planning to come back later with some notes on it.  Thus not ironic.
Permalink  
March 11th, 2007 6:39pm
Highlights (summary of the summary)

===MENTAL REPROGRAMMING=====

By learning to challenge and replace
your negative internal dialogue, you
will free yourself from attitudes about
your worth and abilities that are
inappropriate for your current age,
intellect, and power

You don’t have to want to do the task,
nor do you have to love it. But if you
prefer it to the consequences of not
doing it, you can decide to commit to it
wholeheartedly

Replace “I have to” by “I choose to” in
your inner dialogue

Replace “I must finish” with “When
can I start?”

Replace “This is so big” with “I can
take one small step”

Replace “I must be perfect” with “I can
be human”

====PLAY=====

Replace “I don’t have time to play”
with “I must take time to play”

Procrastinator: “I have to finish
something big and do it perfectly while
working hard for long periods of time
without time to play”

Producer: “I choose to start on one
small imperfect step knowing I have
plenty of time for play”

Peak performers surpass workaholics in
taking more vacations, being healthier,
and accomplishing more of the tasks
that make a real difference

A firm commitment to guilt-free play
will recharge your batteries, creating
renewed motivation, creativity, and
energy for all the other areas of your life

3 major blocks
• Fear of being overwhelmed
• Fear of failure
• Fear of finishing

Now habit tools
• Three-dimensional thinking
• Work of worrying
• Persistent starting

Tackling any large project requires an
overview of its size, length, and breadth

• The reverse calendar starts with the
ultimate deadline and then moves back,
step by step, to the present where you
can focus your energy on starting

Procrastination is an ineffective way to
cope with worrying, it stalls action and
simply piles up more worries

Keep on starting, and finishing will take
care of itself

Key Ideas
• Only work will diminish your anxiety
• Thirty minutes can be all the time in the
world to solve a problem when you are
intensely focused
• The important thing is that you got
started

====The unSchedule==== (pg 55. this is good)
What To Schedule
• Previously committed time such as
meals, sleep, meetings
• Free time, recreation, leisure reading
• Socializing
• Health, activities such as tennis
• Routine events, commuting, classes

Fill-in
• Fill in your Unschedule with work on
projects only after you have completed
at least one-half hour of quality work
• Those periods have to refer only to
uninterrupted work
• Reward yourself with a break or a
change to a more enjoyable task
• Emphasize what you did accomplish

• Always leave at least one full day a
week for recreation
• Before deciding to go to a recreational
activity or social commitment, take time
out for just thirty minutes of work
• Focus on starting
• Think small, aim for thirty minutes of
quality work

Never end down, never stop work
when you’re blocked or at the end of a
section. Always stay with a tough spot
for another five minutes or ten, trying
to come up with at least a partial
solution 

[ Yes. Never stop at the end of a chapter. Read the first two pages. Never finish an exercise. Read and formulate the next one.  Write your next unit test.  Start a new paragraph ]

=== meditation , state of mind, focus , flow ===

Two minutes, three breaths at each step
• Letting go of the past
• Letting go of the future
• Centering in the present
Permalink bogart 
March 11th, 2007 6:52pm

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