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The Uncertainty of What You Should Be Working on Right Now

Forget Yourself

The Zen mind isn't neurotic, narcissistic or filled with ego. You should be doing an action completely lost in it, not thinking about yourself, free from the burden of the self.

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The Uncertainty of What You Should Be Working on Right Now

The Uncertainty of What You Should Be Working on Right Now

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Uncertainty

Many people are uncertain about their behaviour and what action they should be taking at any given moment.

This uncertainty manifests in fear, stress, and anxiety.

Some Zen Ideas on handling uncertainty:

  1. Keep the big picture in mind.
  2. Take one action at a time.
  3. Dance with the uncertainty.
  4. Leave no trace.

The Big Picture

While dealing with the daily problems and decisions, we need to ask ourselves what do our lives require right now, and what matters the most to us. This reminds us to participate and take action in meaningful work, with a purpose, a mission and a direction. It stops us from acting on impulse or wasting our time during trivial things that don't have any impact.

Turn By Turn

You can only take one action at a time, due to time, energy and other constraints. Make sure the action you take is based on the big picture and has the most significant impact.

Don't waste your Turn.

Be Friends With Uncertainty

Uncertainty cannot be eliminated and must be handled with curiosity, wonder and delight. We must befriend uncertainty and get out of our comfort zones, bringing joy and lightheartedness in it.

Forget Yourself

The Zen mind isn't neurotic, narcissistic or filled with ego. You should be doing an action completely lost in it, not thinking about yourself, free from the burden of the self.

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  • Any Data, by itself, does not bring clarity. Data is just information, not reality. It does not represent anything in the field of actuality.
  • Data is also, never complete. Getting more and more Data does not equate to getting more clarity.

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Our brains like to fill up incomplete information based on our prejudice and confirmation bias.

As all data is inherently incomplete, we use our minds to fill the missing information, based on the existing data we have, and that can go obverse.

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Manage uncertainty

Manage uncertainty
  • Focus on the things you can control (and ignore those that you can’t)
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Over-scheduling doesn’t work

it leads us to starve for more time to do everything we need to do. As a consequence, we begin to:

  • Hate the things that we used to enjoy.
  • Miss out on quality time with ...

Scheduling fewer tasks

People who schedule fewer tasks get more done. It forces you to prioritize what’s most important.

Also, scheduling back-to-back items in your calendar doesn’t account for the unexpected. Emergencies will always pop up and if your calendar is packed too tightly, you won’t have the flexibility to handle a crisis without completely trashing your calendar for the foreseeable future.

Say “yes” to less

Instead of accepting every invite or request for help, be more selective so that you’re not spreading yourself too thin. 

The easiest way to do this is by only saying “yes” to the things that excite you or that serve a purpose.

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