How It Works
1. Set a reminder in your calendar at three points over the course of a day -- in the mid-afternoon, midday and at the end of the day. When the reminder goes off ask yourself, “What am I doing right now?” The goal in answering this question is to bring awareness to how you are spending your time.
2. Once you’ve brought more awareness to what you are doing, ask yourself “What might I be avoiding by doing this activity?” Babauta talks about how we often “switch to something else” and go into avoidance mode when something feels like a lot to handle. The key here is to identify what triggers your avoidance mode. Is it fear, discomfort, having to think in depth about something, or work..etc?
3. Now, take this thing that you are avoiding and face it. Allow it to manifest as a physical feeling in your body and stay with that feeling. Ask yourself, “How bad is this feeling?” Give it a little time and recognize that it might not be as bad as you thought it would be.
4. Take action. Once you’ve given the feeling you’ve been avoiding some space, take one small step to get your task done. For example, if you've got a pile of mail you've been putting off, don't worry about the whole pile; try opening a few pieces at a time.