In my Leonie Dawson workbook that I filled out at the beginning of this year there was a page called
12 Zen Habits (From Leo Babuta at Zen habits.net)
They are all pretty useful and zen and go as follows
- Set your 3 MIT’s (most important tasks) each morning
- Single task (focus your attention)
- Zero inbox
- Process emails once a day
- Exercise 5-10 mins a day
- Work while disconnected
- Keep your desk decluttered
- Clear & declutter home for 15 mins a day
- Stick to a 5 sentence limit on emails (make your words powerful)
- Say no to commitments & requests not on your important short list
- Eat fresh fruit & veg everyday
- Follow a morning routine
I think we can all pretty much agree that these ‘Zen Habits’ are worth thinking about as we go through our days. In fact I have them stuck on the wall in front of me right this very second look
My favourite one is number 1. I actually do use this one every day now. Having 3 MIT’s is great because it isn’t overwhelming. It its an endless to do list. It is just what actually matters to you the most on that day. Sometimes there is time for more. Some days I have achieved my MIT’s by 11am and I have the rest of the day to frolic..or whatever. I take 5 minutes every morning to figure out what the 3 tasks are for that day that i definitely need to do. If i think of 4 i have to choose which ones are the most necessary to my day.
Todays MIT’s for example are
- Write blog post
- Go to appointment
- Start assignment
Today is pretty standard actually. Often my 3 MIT’s have something to do with self-care (appointment-actually for hypnotherapy) something for my business (today-write blog post) and often something to do with studying because there is basically always something I really need to do for that.
Other days, I know immediately that My number 1 priority is self care. Sometimes my MIT is actually to find time for a quick nap, or a bath, or just to read alone for a while. On days when I’m not feeling that great I know that that needs to be taken care of first.
Some days it is to do something fun with my family, to visit my grandma, to clean something, to business plan, to organise something for charity, to find time for yoga or a walk or to write in my journal if I haven’t done that for a while, to create something if i haven’t done that for a while.
You get the picture. I need to sit down each morning and actually give myself a few minutes to think about what the day holds in store for me and how I can work out when to do my MIT’s.
Why don’t you try it? Could you list 3 MIT’s today?
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