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”

Meditating into Clarity: A Journey with TM

Around here at Preinclined, we talk a lot about how it’s important to take care of yourself today, even while doing your best for your future. One of the ways that I’ve found most effective to do so day-to-day is by meditating. Discovering meditation As you’ve probably experienced, meditation is one of those things thatContinue reading “Meditating into Clarity: A Journey with TM”

“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”

Reader Q&A: How To Make Time For My Interests

Q: I always go into the year with the best intentions. I have a lot of interests and enjoy several hobbies, and I have a long list of books and articles I want to read. But time and time again, my work gets in the way. I have a demanding job, and it seems likeContinue reading “Reader Q&A: How To Make Time For My Interests”

Reader Q&A: How Do I Make Chores Enjoyable?

Q: I like the idea that we should do things that watch out for our future selves, but in a way that’s enjoyable today. How can I put into practice the idea of being preinclined for things that are legitimately boring, like chores? I don’t find anything enjoyable about folding laundry or doing dishes. A:Continue reading “Reader Q&A: How Do I Make Chores Enjoyable?”

What Home Alone Teaches Us About Pre and Procrastination

Since this holiday season has been quieter than most, I’ve taken advantage of the extra time to re-watch holiday classics like It’s a Wonderful Life, The Muppet Christmas Carol, and Home Alone. While my intention wasn’t to do close readings of the films for precrastination and procrastination examples, I couldn’t help but find that HomeContinue reading “What Home Alone Teaches Us About Pre and Procrastination”

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”

Reader Q&A: Should I Respond to One-off Tasks Quickly?

Q: I read your post about how to implement your Day-to-Day Motivations framework and have a question. One of the examples you cite is about holding off on responding to emails that would benefit from taking more time, and I definitely agree with your proposed handling of the example you used. I also recognize thatContinue reading “Reader Q&A: Should I Respond to One-off Tasks Quickly?”