the clutter bug
Disorganization yields clutter and stress:
Organization starts on the inside first, then externally:
Simplify your life and bring order into your home; get rid of what you don't need and you will feel a sense of relief and release from the stress of the clutter. It makes you feel and function better mentally, emotionally, not just physically and financially; it opens the door to abundance, not just material.
the social disconnect
The fix of choice
During stress, boredom, and sadness, your body remembers something that made you feel good previously. Once reacquainted with the event, the dopamine response system/reward center of the brain is activated, resulting in the thrill that helps to mask the negative feeling.
The brain remembers the high and wants more of it, giving the urge to repeat the behavior, whether now or later. You later find that you need more and more frequently, the stimulus to feel the same or get the same results, (DrOz/The Good Life/Jan, Feb 2016). Addiction can come in the form of food, sex, control, drama, excessive attention seeking, etc.
Sit and concentrate during quiet times. Tend to new experiences and allow your brain to evolve enough to efficiently separate the useful from the useless. We must adapt if we want to be productive and present (in the moment).
Resolve to improve matters and get your focus back. Figure out what part of the day/eve that you operate best, for example, are you a morning or night person? Work around your optimal hours in a quiet place and limit some areas to do the work needed during these times periods; unplug and get focused.
If you get up and look engaged vs. bored, you will feel more engaged. Take notes, actively listen, etc. The act of putting pen to paper forces you to be somewhat focused. Being/Becoming conscious about your intent will prevent mind wandering. Come up with questions designed to challenge you and to keep you focused/on your toes.
The Instant Appetizer:
4 Quadrant Theme
Formation vs Vulnerability
In ancient times, skillful warriors first made themselves invincible and then watched for vulnerability in their opponents. Making yourself invincible means knowing yourself; waiting for vulnerability in opponents means knowing others.
Invincibility is in oneself, vulnerability is in the opponent. If opponents have no formation to find out, no gap or slack to take advantage of, how can one overcome them even when equipped? Invincibility is a matter of defense and vulnerability is a matter of attack, (The Art of War/Sun Tzu, translated by Thomas Cleary, 1991).
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