Perfection vs. Sanity

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Guide me, Buddha. (Wonderlane on flickr)

This is mildly embarrassing to write, since the majority of the content we put out into the world is joyful, silly, and literally coated with sugar. However, I’m in charge of operations here at Liddabit, which is the unsexy business of logistics and making sure ish gets done. In that spirit, I’m going to be giving you little peeks behind the curtain of what it takes to get that delicious candy bar into your hands, sweet customer.

 

In case you were unaware, running a small business is stressful, and after four and a half years of this type of existence (for me; five and a half for Liz and Jen), we’ve all had to find ways to cope with the physical and mental demands it places on us. As for me, I’m always consuming articles, books, and podcasts about improving my productivity and “living my best life,” a la Oprah. The common thread tying together most of the advice out there is to be mindful. And how, exactly, do they suggest we go about doing this so that we can achieve peak productivity and life enjoyment? Meditation.

 

(I know, you’re reading a blog where you expect mouth-watering photos of marshmallows and caramel. Stick with me, I’ll probably post a picture of a cute puppy near the end.)

 
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Serenity is like a boat, or something. A calm little boat on, like, some kind of lake. Yeah. A really still, calm, serene lake. (Nick Page Photography on flickr)

I’ve always been intrigued by the idea of meditation, but I have the unfortunate personality trait where if I can’t do something absolutely perfectly, I give it up entirely. After days of waking up early and spending ten minutes sitting quietly, I would sleep through my alarm, get too busy, or some task would creep back into my life and steal that time from me, leading me to give up the practice entirely and eventually fall into a stress spiral. In the spirit of not letting the perfect be the enemy of the good, I’ve been trying to get back into it after reading Dan Harris’s 10% Happier (read it, it’s engaging and a good framing of meditation for skeptics) and realizing that this practice might make me not only happier and more productive, but probably a bit more pleasant to be around.

 

So I’ve been working on it, rather imperfectly. And it’s been helping! I’ve been noticing where I spend my time and trying to use it on projects that further the brand mission, like planning events at our new space, and less on things that just keep me spinning my wheels.

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Rollin’, rollin’, rollin’…(imgur)

What I’m saying is, just take 5 minutes tomorrow morning when no one can bother you, and just be quiet. I’m not saying I’ve achieved enlightenment and I’m going to be that smug lady talking about how chill I am all time – I am decidedly unchill – but I’m getting better at being able to do the work of running a small business without having frequent panic attacks.

 

If you’re interested in meditation or other life-hacking, productivity-boosting activities, email me or find me on twitter at @joanthebaker. I’ve listed a few other helpful resources below.

Headspace blog and corresponding meditation app: https://www.headspace.com/
“Productivity” Tricks for the Neurotic: http://fourhourworkweek.com/2013/11/03/productivity-hacks/

Okay, you’ve made it this far — here’s the puppy you were promised:

A photo posted by Kate Arends (@witanddelight_) on

(via Wit and Delight‘s Instagram feed)

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