What is the Monkey Mind?
Monkey Mind is a Buddhist term that describes a mind that’s unsettled, restless, confused, indecisive, and uncontrollable.
And let’s be honest. If we’re going to describe the mind of the average person in the 21st century, all of these adjectives would be pretty spot on.
The thing is, you don’t want to be the average person – that’s why you’re here.
You want to be productive. But you don’t just want to get more STUFF done.
You want to engage in profound and meaningful work that makes you feel good.
You want more moments and memories spent laughing and eating and drinking with friends.
You want a work environment that gives you more pleasure, freedom, and fulfillment.
You want to free up more time so you can spend it with your kids.
And you’re tired of being tired at work, finishing the day feeling like you could’ve done so much more.
What you’ll get at Project Monkey Mind is real actionable advice from a normal guy that has faced and continues to face the same challenges you do.
You can expect to learn how to:
- Not be distracted as often
- Maintain your motivation for longer periods of time
- Better decide what tasks to focus on
- Be more mindful and calm
- Find and pursue personal projects with passion
- Understand and master your psychology
- Get into flow state (also known as the zone) and stay there
- Learn about cognitive biases and how they derail your efforts
- Become more confident in yourself and your creative projects
If you want to learn any of these things, you’re exactly where you need to be!
The beginnings of Project Monkey Mind
So this begs an important question. Who am I?
And more importantly, why should you listen to me over the millions of other talking heads out there?
As a freelance writer, I’ve written hundreds of thousands (probably over a million) words, working in over a dozen countries.
From this, I’ve learned that no matter where you are, and whatever job you have, you really need to master your mind if you want to get the most out of your work life.
I feel incredibly fortunate to have been able to have worked from places as diverse as the beaches of Thailand and the Peruvian Amazon, to remote English towns, and incredible the hustle and bustle of Mexico City.
But while they’ve all been great experiences and amazing places to visit, when it comes to work environments, not all of them have been ideal.
In fact, think of a way you might get distracted at work and an excuse that might inevitably come along, and you can be sure I’ve had to deal with it.
Go on… think of one.
Tiredness and Jet Lag? Check!
Sweltering heat and no air conditioning? Or maybe the shivering cold and no heating? Check.
Indonesian businessmen arguing over the phone, packs of wild dogs barking in a turf war, farm animals peaking through your window, and construction noise at 3am? Check, check, and check.
Dengue Fever? E. Coli? Heat stroke? CHEEEECK.
Trying to Skype on retro Internet speeds (by retro I mean they belong in the 90’s)? Check.
No electricity? Check.
Flooding of the whole ground floor of your apartment? Check.
Existential crisis? Maybe once or twice.
Tarantulas in your bedroom, living room, shower, bed? Yup.
People partying at 5am? From Mexico to Malaysia to Madrid (without exception).
The list goes on… and this is without even adding in all the obvious digital distractions we all face like Social Media, YouTube, and Email!
The point is I’ve spent a LOT of time learning how to tame my monkey mind to get work done!
So much so that I’ve become a bit of an expert in managing my attention and energy, planning, and finding purpose in my work and life.
And on this blog I want to show you how to do the same.
P.S: Some of the cities I’ve called home (long-term stays):
Liverpool, England (Born)
Brisbane, Australia (Raised)
Irvine, United States
Puerto Maldonado, Peru
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Mexico City, Mexico (Currently Living)
P.P.S: here are some of the sites my work has been featured on: