Mindfulness Without Meditation: Knitting

I know several people who swear by meditating. In fact, Carylyne is one such person, and she recently detailed her journey with transcendental meditation. A Love and Hate Relationship with Meditation For me, I’ve tried to make a habit of meditating in the past. A few years ago, I set a goal, installed the HeadspaceContinue reading “Mindfulness Without Meditation: Knitting”

“Bitter Then Sweet” — An Idiom About Precrastination?

As far as memory reaches, my parents have drilled a certain Chinese phrase into my mind: “先苦后甜” — literally translated as “first bitter then sweet”. It’s a Chinese idiom that may be familiar to many of my friends, as it represents some of the core values that we grew up with. The future-looking self IContinue reading ““Bitter Then Sweet” — An Idiom About Precrastination?”

Managing Our Anxieties in Practice: In-the-Moment Mental Checklist for Precrastinators

No matter how buttoned up your to-do list or how organized your To-Do Matrix, there will inevitably be things that come up on a day-to-day basis that you weren’t anticipating. If you’re a precrastinator, these types of interruptions may cause you a great deal of anxiety, and you may be inclined to tackle them rightContinue reading “Managing Our Anxieties in Practice: In-the-Moment Mental Checklist for Precrastinators”

Pre & Procrastination Planner 2021

2021 is upon us, and it’s time to do some self-reflection and planning for the new year! To help you with this worthwhile endeavor, we’ve created a Pre & Procrastination Planner 2021. We hope this will give you a useful structure to start thinking about what 2020 was like for you, and what you’d likeContinue reading “Pre & Procrastination Planner 2021”

Habit Tracker – How It Fits With The To-Do Matrix

I briefly mentioned in my post about our To-Do Matrix that you can make it even more rewarding to complete your daily “Next Actions” column by making it a habit to complete it every day. In this way, you are creating momentum — a streak, if you will — by developing and reinforcing the habitContinue reading “Habit Tracker – How It Fits With The To-Do Matrix”

Using the To-Do Matrix + Calendar To Manage Your Days

In a previous post, I shared how I manage my tasks with the To-Do Matrix, a system that helps to ensure that I focus on the top priority things each day. After sharing the post, I received a few questions about how to use the To-Do Matrix in the context of other commitments and choresContinue reading “Using the To-Do Matrix + Calendar To Manage Your Days”

The Preinclined To-Do Matrix

About a year ago, I started realizing that I’ve been putting off major projects or tasks even though they’ve been sitting on my long list of to-dos for ages. We all know the feeling — these few items on the list that have been there forever, but we never seem to be able to checkContinue reading “The Preinclined To-Do Matrix”

Do Precrastinators Get a Bad Rap?

Having long considered myself to be a precrastinator, I’m often surprised by how few people have heard the term. More surprising is the way it’s talked about by those who do know the term. The Precrastinatory Habits of Highly Effective People When I first saw precrastination referenced, I viewed it as a bit of aContinue reading “Do Precrastinators Get a Bad Rap?”

Big Picture Goals Framework (The 4 P’s) in Practice

Have you reviewed our Big Picture Goals Framework (the 4 P’s) and want to see how they apply to real-world scenarios? Read on! As a reminder, the 4 P’s are as follows: Ponder Prepare Proceed Post-Mortem Let’s take a look at a couple of examples: Michele is thinking about setting a goal of running aContinue reading “Big Picture Goals Framework (The 4 P’s) in Practice”

Day-to-Day Motivations Framework in Practice

If you’ve read our Day-to-Day Motivations Framework for tackling the many ideas, tasks, and projects that come up each day (as opposed to the relatively fewer big picture goals we have that come up less often but stay with us for a significant period of time), you may think it sounds good in theory butContinue reading “Day-to-Day Motivations Framework in Practice”