Bring Purpose & Mindfulness to Your Work

By Leo Babauta

Our work lives are filled with busyness, distraction, procrastination, responding to messages, checking on messages, and getting lost down rabbit holes.

We struggle to be mindful and to focus on our meaningful work.

And yet, many of us want to create a life of meaning, focus, and mindfulness.

We know this, and yet we struggle. Why? What keeps us from this life of mindful focus and meaningful work?

In this guide, I’ll talk about why we get pulled away, and then how to bring mindfulness to the process to find focus and create an impact with your work.

Why We Can’t Focus

If you think about how you spent your last few days, most of us would say we’re more distracted than we like. We procrastinate more. Or we’re super busy, responding to a thousand things, making lots of decisions, and not very mindful during this chaotic work day.

What’s going on? A number of things:

  1. We’re actually afraid to focus. The work we want to focus on is hard, full of uncertainty, uncomfortable. We want to do it, but we’re putting off the moment we have to enter into this uncertain space. We’re going to the “comfort food” of our distractions instead of the discomfort of the focus.
  2. We’re afraid to simplify. To focus, we have to clear away all our distractions, say no to social media, our phones, our messages, our email. We have to say no to the easier tasks that we’re really good at. This kind of simplicity is uncomfortable for many people, and again, we go to “comfort food” distractions and easy tasks instead.
  3. We’re constantly pulled away. You might put yourself in a space of simplicity and focus … but then your attention gets pulled away. We have so many notifications, so many messages, so many shiny distractions … and our attention is like a little monkey jumping from tree to tree. In some ways, this is because technology is designed to grab our attention. But we allow this to happen.
  4. We’re unsure about what path to take. We know we should focus, but shouldn’t we also be doing this other important task? Or those three pretty important tasks? Or checking for an important message/email that might come in? We have fear of missing something important, fear of choosing the wrong thing, fear of taking the wrong path when there are many available. This uncertainty can freeze us, or cause us to constantly switch.

OK, so it’s fear, uncertainty, discomfort, and pulled attention. How can we bring mindfulness to bear on these four horsepersons of distraction?

Bring Mindfulness Into the Arena

Armed with the knowledge of why we’re not able to focus, we’re going to further arm ourselves with mindfulness and walk confidently into the arena of meaningful work.

The first thing to acknowledge is that it’s OK to be afraid, OK to want to comfort yourself with easy tasks and distractions, OK to feel uncertainty. We’re not horrible people for being this way … we’re human. So we can look at our habits and smile on them with unconditional friendliness.

Let’s practice mindfulness in our workday with a series of questions.

QUESTION 1: What’s the best way to structure my day?

In this inquiry, we’re wondering if it’s best to constantly switch from messaging app to messaging app, from email to social media, from news sites to blogs, from small admin tasks to other quick tasks … filling up our day and not focusing on our most meaningful work.

In my own inquiry, it brings mindfulness to how I spend my time, how fragmented I allow my attention to be … and then it brings me to an intention to simplify and focus. I still need to check email and messages and do the smaller tasks … but I can lump them together at certain times of the day, and clear space for big chunks of focus and meaningful work. This intention isn’t always met, but the inquiry brings me closer to it.

QUESTION 2: What do I want to focus on?

This isn’t a question many people ask themselves each day. Ideally, you’d ask it at the beginning of each day, but also at various points throughout the day. It shifts you: you go from, “What should I check right now” or “What can I quickly do right now?” to “What is the meaningful work I want to do now and give my full focus to?”

In other words, what do I care deeply about? What kind of dent do I want to make in the world, and how can I start to make that dent right now?

It shifts from saying yes to your million things and messages, to saying no to those million things … so you can say yes to your meaningful work. So you can say yes to complete focus and mindfulness.

QUESTION 3: Why am I not focusing on it?

If you picked something to focus on and you’re working on it, great! But if you’re not … why not? What’s getting in your way? What are you afraid of? What are you comforting yourself with?

If you can identify the fear, instead of allowing yourself to habitually run from this fear … lean into it. Go towards it. Allow yourself to feel the fear, and stay in it, befriend it. Then go into your focus zone, in the middle of the fear, and let the fear be your guide and your friend. It means you are alive, that you are pushing yourself into discomfort for the sake of what you care deeply about, that you are creating meaningful work instead of running. Beautiful!

QUESTION 5: What is my intention as I focus?

As you get started with a focused session, even if it’s only for 10-20 minutes … it helps to ritualize it. Have a clear beginning, and even a clear end. What will you do to mark the beginning? Maybe stretch, smile at your work, and set an intention. An intention isn’t a goal, but how you want to go about doing the task … for example, I might say, “I want to stay focused on this task, put myself into this uncertainty for the sake of the people I care about and serve, and stay present in the middle of it.”

Keep this intention in your heart as you put yourself into this focus session.

QUESTION 6: What is this moment like, as I work in stillness?

Now you’re in the middle of the focus session … bring mindfulness to that task. That’s simply a matter of awareness and curiosity.

Bring awareness by asking: what is it like right now? What sensations can I notice? How does my heart feel as I take this gorgeous action, filled with uncertainty?

Bring curiosity when you feel like switching tasks and running … by asking, “I want to run from uncertainty, but what would it be like to stay?” The truth is, we don’t know. We think we know that we won’t like it, but actually we don’t really know until it happens. So take the curiosity stance: seek to find out. Come to this task with an open mind, and you might find a gentle wonder that you didn’t expect, in the middle of your meaningful work.

Now, you can do this for your meaningful work, but you can also do this for any task — responding to an email, answering a text message, reading an article online, contemplating a decision with care.

Bringing purpose and mindfulness to your work can be a place filled with joy, if you allow yourself to move into that space with intention and curiosity, inquiry and love.

Source: https://zenhabits.net

Official Full-Length Trailer for ‘Super Troopers 2’ Pits USA vs Canada

Super Troopers 2 Trailer

"They’ve been waiting for a second chance… waiting for their country to need them again…" Damn Yanks! Crazy Canadians! Fox Searchlight has debuted the new full-length trailer for the long-awaited sequel Super Troopers 2, hitting theaters on April 20th this spring, because of course it opens on 4/20. Makes total sense. This stoner comedy sequels picks up where the first film (released back in 2001) left off and follows the Super Troopers who are tasked with establishing a Highway Patrol station in a border area between the US and Canada. Pretty much everyone is back: Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter, Erik Stolhanske, Brian Cox, Lynda Carter, and Marisa Coughlan. The newcomers this time include Emmanuelle Chriqui, Rob Lowe, Tyler Labine, Will Sasso, and Hayes MacArthur. As expected, this looks totally nuts and ridiculous, but still hilarious. Light up that blunt, kick back, and enjoy.

Here’s the official full-length trailer for Jay Chandrasekhar’s Super Troopers 2, direct from YouTube:

Super Troopers 2 Movie

You can also still see the first teaser for Supers Troopers 2 here, to go back and watch the original tease.

The long-awaited sequel to Broken Lizard’s smash hit Super Troopers from 2001. When a border dispute arises between the U.S. and Canada, the Super Troopers are tasked with establishing a Highway Patrol station in the disputed area. Super Troopers 2 is once again directed by comedian/actor/filmmaker Jay Chandrasekhar, one of the Broken Lizard members, who has directed many films previously including Puddle Cruiser, Super Troopers, Club Dread, The Dukes of Hazzard, and Beerfest; plus lots of TV work in the past few years. The screenplay is written by the Broken Lizard team (aka Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter, Erik Stolhanske). Fox Searchlight will release Broken Lizard’s Super Troopers 2 in theaters everywhere starting April 20th, 2018 (4/20!) in the spring. Who’s down for this?

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Official Full-Length Trailer for ‘Super Troopers 2’ Pits USA vs Canada

Super Troopers 2 Trailer

"They’ve been waiting for a second chance… waiting for their country to need them again…" Damn Yanks! Crazy Canadians! Fox Searchlight has debuted the new full-length trailer for the long-awaited sequel Super Troopers 2, hitting theaters on April 20th this spring, because of course it opens on 4/20. Makes total sense. This stoner comedy sequels picks up where the first film (released back in 2001) left off and follows the Super Troopers who are tasked with establishing a Highway Patrol station in a border area between the US and Canada. Pretty much everyone is back: Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter, Erik Stolhanske, Brian Cox, Lynda Carter, and Marisa Coughlan. The newcomers this time include Emmanuelle Chriqui, Rob Lowe, Tyler Labine, Will Sasso, and Hayes MacArthur. As expected, this looks totally nuts and ridiculous, but still hilarious. Light up that blunt, kick back, and enjoy.

Here’s the official full-length trailer for Jay Chandrasekhar’s Super Troopers 2, direct from YouTube:

Super Troopers 2 Movie

You can also still see the first teaser for Supers Troopers 2 here, to go back and watch the original tease.

The long-awaited sequel to Broken Lizard’s smash hit Super Troopers from 2001. When a border dispute arises between the U.S. and Canada, the Super Troopers are tasked with establishing a Highway Patrol station in the disputed area. Super Troopers 2 is once again directed by comedian/actor/filmmaker Jay Chandrasekhar, one of the Broken Lizard members, who has directed many films previously including Puddle Cruiser, Super Troopers, Club Dread, The Dukes of Hazzard, and Beerfest; plus lots of TV work in the past few years. The screenplay is written by the Broken Lizard team (aka Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter, Erik Stolhanske). Fox Searchlight will release Broken Lizard’s Super Troopers 2 in theaters everywhere starting April 20th, 2018 (4/20!) in the spring. Who’s down for this?

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Official Full-Length Trailer for ‘Super Troopers 2’ Pits USA vs Canada

Super Troopers 2 Trailer

"They’ve been waiting for a second chance… waiting for their country to need them again…" Damn Yanks! Crazy Canadians! Fox Searchlight has debuted the new full-length trailer for the long-awaited sequel Super Troopers 2, hitting theaters on April 20th this spring, because of course it opens on 4/20. Makes total sense. This stoner comedy sequels picks up where the first film (released back in 2001) left off and follows the Super Troopers who are tasked with establishing a Highway Patrol station in a border area between the US and Canada. Pretty much everyone is back: Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter, Erik Stolhanske, Brian Cox, Lynda Carter, and Marisa Coughlan. The newcomers this time include Emmanuelle Chriqui, Rob Lowe, Tyler Labine, Will Sasso, and Hayes MacArthur. As expected, this looks totally nuts and ridiculous, but still hilarious. Light up that blunt, kick back, and enjoy.

Here’s the official full-length trailer for Jay Chandrasekhar’s Super Troopers 2, direct from YouTube:

Super Troopers 2 Movie

You can also still see the first teaser for Supers Troopers 2 here, to go back and watch the original tease.

The long-awaited sequel to Broken Lizard’s smash hit Super Troopers from 2001. When a border dispute arises between the U.S. and Canada, the Super Troopers are tasked with establishing a Highway Patrol station in the disputed area. Super Troopers 2 is once again directed by comedian/actor/filmmaker Jay Chandrasekhar, one of the Broken Lizard members, who has directed many films previously including Puddle Cruiser, Super Troopers, Club Dread, The Dukes of Hazzard, and Beerfest; plus lots of TV work in the past few years. The screenplay is written by the Broken Lizard team (aka Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter, Erik Stolhanske). Fox Searchlight will release Broken Lizard’s Super Troopers 2 in theaters everywhere starting April 20th, 2018 (4/20!) in the spring. Who’s down for this?

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First Fun Trailer for Inspiring Doc ‘Science Fair’ Premiering at Sundance

First Fun Trailer for Inspiring Doc ‘Science Fair’ Premiering at Sundance

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January 18, 2018
Source: YouTube

“I know how to communicate ideas – that’s really why I win.” A trailer has debuted for a documentary titled Science Fair, premiering at the Sundance Film Festival – which kicks off today in Park City, Utah. As the title indicates, this is a doc about going to the big “science fair” – specifically the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (or Intel ISEF). The film profiles nine different high school students from all around the world who must “navigate rivalries, setbacks, and hormones on their quest to win the international science fair. Only one can be named ‘Best in Fair.'” This looks like a very fun, inspiring, enjoyable look at the world of science fairs. It reminds me of October Sky, one of my favorite films involving a science fair. I’m most interested to see the kids from foreign countries who make it in, seems like that’s the bigger challenge.

Here’s the first trailer for Cristina Costantini & Darren Foster’s documentary Science Fair, from YouTube:

Science Fair Documentary

From the Sundance guide: “Science Fair follows one mentor and nine students from around the world as they prepare their projects and team for the 2017 ISEF event in Los Angeles. Though all are participating for the love of science, we also learn that there are other underlying influences motivating them to pursue their dreams of participating in the competition. Featuring interviews with the charming young scientists, their parents and mentors, as well as past ISEF winners, this absorbing film illuminates a group of amazing young men and women who are on a path to change the world through science.” Science Fair is directed by newcomer filmmakers Cristina Costantini & Darren Foster, both making their feature debut with this doc. The film is premiering at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival this month in the Kids category. Science Fair is still searching for a distributor and doesn’t have any official release set. Stay tuned for more. Interested?

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From Napa with Love


Alexis Swanson Traina’s book From Napa with Love arrived after my trip to Napa which was a shame since it’s the best insider guide to wine country. Alexis and her husband Trevor Traina grew up visiting Napa Valley so they are definitely experts and advocates for the area recently affected by the California wildfires. Luckily, their new house designed by Ken Fulk was spared and now it can be seen in the February 2018 issue of Vogue. The interiors are charming and casual and full of fun patterns for the family of four. It makes me want to book another trip and now that I have my guide, I will know all the good places to visit.

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First Fun Trailer for Inspiring Doc ‘Science Fair’ Premiering at Sundance

Science Fair Trailer

"I know how to communicate ideas – that’s really why I win." A trailer has debuted for a documentary titled Science Fair, premiering at the Sundance Film Festival – which kicks off today in Park City, Utah. As the title indicates, this is a doc about going to the big "science fair" – specifically the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (or Intel ISEF). The film profiles nine different high school students from all around the world who must "navigate rivalries, setbacks, and hormones on their quest to win the international science fair. Only one can be named ‘Best in Fair.’" This looks like a very fun, inspiring, enjoyable look at the world of science fairs. It reminds me of October Sky, one of my favorite films involving a science fair. I’m most interested to see the kids from foreign countries who make it in, seems like that’s the bigger challenge.

Here’s the first trailer for Cristina Costantini & Darren Foster’s documentary Science Fair, from YouTube:

Science Fair Documentary

From the Sundance guide: "Science Fair follows one mentor and nine students from around the world as they prepare their projects and team for the 2017 ISEF event in Los Angeles. Though all are participating for the love of science, we also learn that there are other underlying influences motivating them to pursue their dreams of participating in the competition. Featuring interviews with the charming young scientists, their parents and mentors, as well as past ISEF winners, this absorbing film illuminates a group of amazing young men and women who are on a path to change the world through science." Science Fair is directed by newcomer filmmakers Cristina Costantini & Darren Foster, both making their feature debut with this doc. The film is premiering at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival this month in the Kids category. Science Fair is still searching for a distributor and doesn’t have any official release set. Stay tuned for more. Interested?

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