Part of my training for the marathon I run in April is a focused day of strength/core training in the gym. I will admit right here that this is one of my least favorite days. I much prefer running – even the long runs – to the gym workouts.
But today, I realized that what I tend to do in the gym is the same thing I do at work, and the reason I don’t accomplish much some days.
As I was doing my weights, I realized that my mind drifts off – maybe thinking about what else I have to do today, or off on a tangent after I hear something on TV. All of a sudden, I’m wondering is that 10 or 12 repetitions, or am I on the 2nd or 3rd set?
Not only am I short-changing myself by possibly not doing all the reps, but there is also a risk I’m not using the correct muscles during a particular exercise by not fully paying attention to what I’m doing at the time.
I do the same thing at work. Someone interrupts me or the phone rings, and suddenly I lose complete track of what I was doing, and many times, start something new. At the end of some days, I have stacks and stacks on my desk and nothing finished!
So my goal today is to stay focused. I will finish my workout in focus (yep, stopped the workout to come write).
I will work to completion on only one project at a time at work – even through interruptions. I will get only that stack of paperwork out and close email and internet until I finish. By flexing those mental muscles, I will accomplish more because my mind will not be processing multiple types of tasks.
And I will hold myself accountable. I will tweet “Focus gets the job done.” when I’m finished!
How to you hold yourself in focus?