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Relax Into Structure in Your Day : zen habits

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Resisting The Traps Of Structure

Resisting The Traps Of Structure

Many of us would prefer to have a life filled with freedom and choice, rather than a fixed, imposed or structured routine. The structure feels good but after a while, there is an urge to rebel against it, as it feels like a chain tied to the leg.

The mess that is created when one rebels against a self-created structure is actually crucial for our growth. Whatever we are doing in our lives, managing, leading or creating, cannot be fruitful without structure.

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Creating Sacred Blocks Of Time

Self-care is important but often overlooked in our daily grind. It is good to create a structure that includes meditation, breathing exercise, walks in nature, reading, exercise, project work, and creative pursuits.

Block some time during the day for such activities, like small bubbles of space that provide you with relief from the gruelling schedule.

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Relax Towards Your Sacred Block

When the feeling of resisting the sacred blocks of time comes, we need to practice appreciation, relaxation, gratitude and joy and try to enjoy the structure that is created.

Example: If you chose jogging at 6:00 AM as a sacred block of time for your self-care, try to appreciate how beautiful the weather would be outside, and how good you could feel out in the open.

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Committing to Possibility: Create Daily Structure

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Committing to Possibility: Train Your Action Muscle

Connecting to possibility and creating a daily structure are important steps , but then you have to actually put it into action. This step is crucial.

Take on the hard tasks, in small chunks. Check things off your list, while feeling the meaning and possibility you’re creating.

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Find a reason greater than yourself, like changing the world, helping people you care about, reducing pain in others, or to protect your loved ones, and even self-love.

Set Rituals To Remind You Of Your Meaning

As we get in the ‘doing’ mode we lose track of why something was important and meaningful to us in the first place.

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Step O: Organize your priorities

Step O: Organize your priorities

When you feel overwhelmed by the mountain piled tasks you have to do, the first thing to do is to make sure you organize the tasks according to their urgency level.

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Change your perception of your tasks

How you perceive your task list is how your brain will respond to your perception. If you see your task list as overwhelming and scattered your brain is going to allow itself to think that it is like that

However, if you shift your perception and think of it as something you're doing because it is important to you or because you want to take the time to cultivate your self, hobbies, or anything in your task list, the brain will allow itself to rewire and adjust to that perception.

Commit to your tasks

Providing full focus towards your tasks will energize you to finish right away and the pile of tasks will decrease one by one. If you notice the urge to do something else, breath and let go of the thought of doing something else, and focus back to the task on hand.

Give yourself time to adjust and get your focus on. Once you see the progress you're making, you'll be thanking yourself.