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Stop Faffing Now

The Daily Love is a huge inspiration.

Today Mastin asked, “Are you faffing your life away?”

And my response was…SAY WHAT!?!?!?

I live in a cultural bubble sometimes. I mean, come ‘on, I didn’t even know the “wobble.” (See  “Wobble of a Turkey Toss” as an example of my sometimes lack of coolness.)

So when I read the blog post, asking if I’m faffing my life away. I hadn’t the slightest idea what faffing was.

Thank goodness, TDL (that’s the abbreviation for “The Daily Love” fyi), gave me the definition.

And out of curiosity, I headed on over to urban dictionary for myself.

Urban Dictionary says faffing is:

  • time wasting
  • to aimlessly waste time doing useless tasks
  • the excessive use of time for nonsense activities
  • wasting time by doing absolutely nothing
  • and some other inappropriate things that have no relevance on this post

But it was like OH MY GOD!!!! I totally faff around.

And I’m pretty sure you do, too.

And I’m not so sure it’s healthy. In fact, I’m pretty positive it’s not.

Mastin gave examples of what he does when he is faffing. And while I share a couple of his–I’ve got some of my own:

 How I Faff:

  • Social media addiction
  • Pinterest mobile addiction when I’m waiting for someone (been seriously working on this one)
  • Texting addiction
  • Calling my Mom when I’m waiting/walking/going somewhere (though I always feel better after this one, so is it bad?)
  • Avoiding scary stuff and choosing “safe” paths instead
  • Checking my email too often
  • Worrying over things I can’t control
  • Avoiding the present because it’s scary and worrying about stuff I can’t control instead (!!)
  • Wasting time when I know I’m supposed to be insert other thing here (meditating, exercising, doing a hard yoga class, writing, baking, doing finances, cleaning bathroom) because I don’t want to do insert thing here.
  • Multi-tasking instead of doing one thing really well
  • Avoiding scary stuff! Did I mention that one?!?
  • Avoiding the PRESENT! Omg, I really think this whole faffing list is a ploy for me to not have to do scary stuff and be in present. Aiyiyiyiyiyi.

How I can deal with Faffing:

  • So now I know. And I need to catch myself when I’m faffing. And bring myself back in.
  • Creating a chart that I need to fill out to say I’ve meditated, yogi-ed it up, walked/run/whatever every day.
  • Bring myself back to the present.
  • Take pinterest, email, and social media PUSH notifications off of phone.
  • Calling people instead of texting.
  • Turning phone to “DO NOT DISTURB” when doing yoga, baking, singing, sleeping, etc.
  • STOP MULTI-TASKING. I can only stop this one through discipline. Do one task and do it well.
  • Sucking it up and doing the task I don’t feel like doing then. Because it will get done faster. Grr. This one is hard and another one that just requires discipline!
  • Do something every day that scares me. (Such as trying aerial yoga!)
  • Write three pages in my journal free-write and find out what I’m scared of, what makes me tick, and what the heck I really need to be doing when I’m really wasting time. 
  • Doing the Artist’s Way again as a “New Year’s Resolution” that I’m, uh, starting today. Immediately. No time like the present to begin something scary!
  • Figure out how I’m faffing in other ways and continually revisiting this list and rethinking ways to solve it.

How do you faff? How can you solve your own time wasting?

This weekend, I worked on bringing myself to the now. NO FAFFING. I baked these amazing cookies. And only baked these amazing cookies. I turned my phone to “do not disturb.” (Emergency calls only.) I turned on some country Christmas music. And I did nothing but bake. Until all the cookies were done.

It felt AMAZING!

MMM. Cookie Goodness. 
MMM. Present Moment Awareness. 
What a great combination!

And the cookies tasted pretty great, too. I think it helps when you really focus. Those cookies came out with my positive energy. And my present moment awareness. And when I tried one? I enjoyed it all the more, because my head wasn’t somewhere else while I tasted it.

White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies
variation of Trisha Yearwood’s White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies 

1/2 cup unsalted high quality butter, softened & preferably organic
1/2 cup packed organic light brown sugar
1/2 cup organic granulated sugar (I like Trader Joe’s)
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract (make sure there is now corn syrup!)
1 large organic pasture egg
 1 1/2 cups organic all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 cup quality dried cranberries (I used Trader Joe’s–good cranberries MAKE these cookies!)
3/4 cup good white chocolate chips (again, go to Trader Joe’s)
3/4 cup chopped fresh walnuts

1. Preheat oven to 350. Combine Flour and baking soda in a small bowl. Set aside.
2. Combine butter and sugars. Cream with mixer.
3. Add vanilla and egg to butter/sugar mixture. Combine with hand mixer.
4. Using hand mixer, gradually stir in flour/soda mixture.
5. Add cranberries, white chocolate chips, and walnuts to batter. Combine thoroughly.
6. Using your fingers, form dough into small balls (like chocolate chip cookies.) Place on ungreased cooking sheets or on cooking sheets line with parchment paper.  Bake for 12 to 13 minutes, being careful not to over-cook!

Enjoy! Really enjoy. Don’t worry about something else or waste time “faffing about.” 😀

MMMM! This cookie is SO GOOD! I could just gobble them all up! And your friends will, too!

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