Got a mental block?
Try this symbolic but practical rule of thumb:
When in doubt, tidy your work space.
Even a small break to spiff things up can be useful for clearing your head and shifting your mental orientation towards doing.
“But I have so much to do and also too much to tidy up easily.”
That’s a prime example of defending the suffering with your current habit-driven conditions.
You notice I didn’t say do everything.
I said do something, however small. Use a timer (on your phone, computer, watch, kitchen timer – whatever) and do five or ten minutes of cleaning or straightening something. Your desk, a shelf, wash the dishes, sweep the floor – anything that promotes activity other than “I’ll just surf the Internet for a few minutes.”
Get used to creating order and cleanliness your environment – both outer and inner – as a part of your preparation for any type of activity.
This is Zen.
It’s a time-tested practice… and it works.
Please take a few minutes to tidy some space, however small, clear your mind, and then get back to work.