Be more zen
“Zen is not some kind of excitement, but concentration on our usual everyday routine.” – Shunryu Suzuki
If you ever feel that your life is too stressful, too chaotic and too disorganized, you could probably heed the advice of Soto Zen monk Shunryu Suzuki. One of the best ways you can unclutter your life is to just focus on doing one thing at a time: single-task, don’t multi-task. When you’re walking, just walk. When you’re eating, just eat. Don’t try to knock off a few tasks while doing other things. It may seem more efficient, but really you’re just getting into the habit of not devoting your attention entirely to one task. You don’t give your all to that task, and the results are never as good as they could have been.
When it comes to each task in your day, put your mind completely on it. If possible, don’t move on to the next task until you’re finished. Try to schedule your day to give time between tasks so you’re not always rushed for time. If you fill your entire day with tasks, you end up rushing from one thing to the next without stopping to think about what you’re doing.
Create order out of chaos by scheduling certain activities for the same time every day. Zen monks designate certain times for prayer, eating, cleaning and exercise, and you can do the same thing. Don’t exercise whenever you can squeeze in the time, make it a daily (or weekly ritual) to maintain order.