Be more zen

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“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.

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