Intuitive working: what’s coming up?

I’ve been staying mindful of my intuitive working goal for the past three or four school days. It’s been going well! These are some things I’ve been allowing myself to do during the work day:

  1. Come in late.
  2. Work at home.
  3. Work late at night.
  4. Text whoever I wanted, whenever I wanted, as much as I wanted.
  5. Go to yoga.
  6. Take a nap.
  7. Edit a friend’s college application essays.

And these are some tasks I’ve completed:

  1. Applied for ComSciCon, a science communication conference held in San Diego this summer.
  2. Wrote an article about how mindfulness meditation affects the brain.
  3. Wrote my Chapter 2 Introduction.
  4. Revised my Chapter 2 Methods, Results, and Figures.
  5. Reconsidered how I analyzed some data and then re-analyzed.

I look at that “completed” list, and I automatically think, “not enough.” But how many listed items would I need to include before I felt like it was enough? Who is coming up with that number? Who am I trying to impress? What is adequate?

Honestly, I think I got the same amount of work done by allowing myself to “give in” to distractions, desires, and self-care. I am starting to feel less dread in the morning at the prospect of an entire day at the office. I feel more relaxed at work knowing that I can stay for as long as I want. I just feel happier at work. And I’m looking forward to continuing this experiment for the next week.

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