3.3. Week 3: Wise decisions (and guilt-free procrastination)

1. Read Chapter Seven "The Mouse in the Maze"

If you have time, you can then skip to chapter eleven (pages 209 to 235).

2. Try the Breath and Body (Meditation 4) and Three-minute Breathing Space (Meditation 8)

The book recommends you do this sequence twice a day. Find out what works for you if you have a busy schedule.

3. Keep a journal of needs met and not met each day

Jot down a list of things you have done in the day, memorable or otherwise. When you have written your list look ‘below the surface’ to discover the needs which are met by your actions.

You can also check whether there are any important needs of yours that have not been met and think of some creative strategies to meet those needs the next day.

We've put together an example list of needs (grouped into categories):

  • Autonomy

    • Empowerment

    • Flexibility

    • Integrity

  • Knowledge

    • Order

    • Communication

    • Focus

  • Wellbeing

    • Confidence

    • Peace

  • Physical

    • Sustenance

  • Empathy/Community

    • Acceptance

    • Trust

Note how procrastination often helps us to meet these needs and allow that to remove the guilt somewhat.