Seriously, Take a Break

Seriously, Take a Break

It’s difficult to stay committed to a task or undertaking. Endless distractions exist to steal your focus. Plateaus can bring progress to a screeching halt. Lack of response can be extremely discouraging. Fitting the time in to work on the task is difficult in our busy lives. Even the most dedicated and earnest effort can lead to burnout and questioning whether or not to continue. How do we continue, how can we keep going when we hit that wall? The solution: Take a break. At least, temporarily. The Bridge to…

Five Ways to Catalyze Focus and Maximize Productivity

Five Ways to Catalyze Focus and Maximize Productivity

Tell me if this sounds familiar: You sit down at your computer, ready to put a dent in some project, open up the tools or programs you need to use and…little gets accomplished over the course of hours. Sometimes, procrastination isn’t the enemy, lack of actual productivity when attempting to work is. Time will fly by, but most of it will not be spent doing actual work. The bogeyman in this situation is focus, or more aptly, lack thereof. It’s not surprising that tasks can be difficult to concentrate on in…

How to Use Mindful Motivation to Conquer Your Goals

How to Use Mindful Motivation to Conquer Your Goals

When you hear the word “mindfulness,” what images cross your thoughts? Most likely images of meditation or quiet and deliberate studying. Now what images come to you when you hear “motivation”? I’m guessing it may have been a loud and energetic speaker, a runner gritting their teeth to power through exhaustion to reach the finish line, or another damn eighties movie training montage. One of these words conjured bliss, the other bombast. Why would I put them together like that in a title? Simple: You need one to temper the…

Hating Others for Our Insecurities: How to Pull the Facebook Bugs from Your Ears

Hating Others for Our Insecurities: How to Pull the Facebook Bugs from Your Ears

Tell me if you’ve experienced this: Someone on your Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, or whatever other social media just plain annoys you and you’re not sure why. They may not be posting excessive politics, spamming you with game requests, or blaring flat earth conspiracies, but something about them gets under your skin. They’ve never done a thing malicious to you, and yet you just dislike them. Congratulations, you have a Facebook bug in your ear. Facebook Flies You may be asking, “A bug in my ear? That metaphor makes less sense than your invisible gorilla.”…

Inattentional Blindness: Spot the Invisible Gorilla in Your Life

Inattentional Blindness: Spot the Invisible Gorilla in Your Life

Tell me if this sounds familiar: A task or situation consumes your thoughts. It could be a boss fight you just can’t beat or a number on the scale that just won’t budge. Perhaps it’s a bad situation in your life, whether money’s tight, your significant other dumped you, or all of the Nintendo Switch preorders sold out before you could get one. Whether the situation is dire or just inconvenient, you may just be suffering from a case of obsession-induced tunnel vision, and failing to notice an invisible gorilla in your life….

False Attribution: Most People Don’t Care About You (And That’s Great)

False Attribution: Most People Don’t Care About You (And That’s Great)

“Oh no, that person over there noticed I’m getting a little pudgy.” “These people looking at my Facebook see that I’m not posting pictures with a significant other, they must think I’m lame because I’m single!” “My friends saw me order a cheaper drink at the bar, they probably think I’m a broke loser.” “I wasn’t invited to that party, everyone in the group must hate me.” Ever say statements like those to yourself? You’ve probably thought at least one of them, or something similar. In this social media-driven modern…

The Pain of Rejection is Real. It Won’t Kill You.

The Pain of Rejection is Real. It Won’t Kill You.

Let’s talk about rejection. It should join death and taxes in the inevitability department, because everyone experiences it in one way or another in their lives. Some rejections are negligible (a left swipe on Tinder), some are heartbreaking (being turned down by your crush), some seem like they’ll shatter your soul down to the atomic level (limited theatrical release of Shin Godzilla not coming to your city). Every single one is unique, and they all hurt in some way. I’m just 25 years old, but I’ve faced my fair share of rejection….

Wiccan Rede: Do Your Own Thing, Without Judgment

Wiccan Rede: Do Your Own Thing, Without Judgment

New Age Religion, or alternative spiritual practices, or “not Judeo-Christian,” is all the rage these days, particularly European pagan traditions and Wicca. Eastern religious traditions are getting plenty of love as well, including meditation. While there are many lifetime practitioners who were never swayed by hot trends into the tradition, the number of Americans who claim beliefs that can be considered New Age has grown exponentially in recent years. Just float over to your local bookstore, you’ll find books about applying Buddhist mindfulness practices to Google’s business model as well as using…

Meditation: Quiet the Noise and Unlock Your Mind

Meditation: Quiet the Noise and Unlock Your Mind

Meditation. What mental image does the word conjure? Do you imagine the serenity of Buddhist monks? A Druid’s requisite for restoring their spell slots? Perhaps you pictured some New Age hipsters babbling about the benefits of sitting and breathing. Maybe you even imagined a Jedi’s solemn contemplation of the Force before Anakin and his personal legion of Clone Troopers busting in and wrecking up the place. Meditation has been practiced and portrayed many different ways over the centuries, and despite being over 3,000 years old (that’s just recorded history), it…