focus

Scattered

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I’ve been working on food stuff this morning, making 3 different main courses plus cookies. All vegan, not that this has anything to do with my post. I finally got finished at about noon and sat down to upload video shorts, get more paperwork done, and focus the rest of my afternoon away.

I can’t focus. I’m scattered. I have music playing and keep tapping my foot and singing out loud. I’ve left the bed unmade, the nap untaken, the EIN unapplied for, the accounting undone. Tasty Thursday is a series of disconnected and unedited uploads on iMovie.

Heck, this blog post is about 8 hours later than usual.

This morning, the dog (Sadie, who is 15 and a half) had to go out or in FOUR times during a 25 minute span. Talk about scattered – it took me 40 minutes to do a 25 minute workout, despite the fact that the workout is called FOCUS T25.

That scattered has stayed with me through the day. Time to breathe, celebrate what I have indeed finished, and let go of the rest.

Not feeling very badass today.

Focus!

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My current workout is called T25, an intense 25 minutes of serious sweat put together by the master himself, Shaun T. His other workouts include Insanity and Asylum, plus some less crazy ones. I haven’t done Asylum (even the name makes me shudder a little) but I have done Insanity – and that’s 45 minutes or an hour of pure, hard work 6 days a week.

So how do people get results in just 25 minutes? It’s all in the FOCUS, a word Shaun repeats over and over. It’s on the walls behind him in the studio. It’s even officially a part of the name – “Focus T25.”

Lately I’ve been reading a lot about multi-tasking. What was once a hallmark of ultimate efficiency, this drive to do a zillion things all at once is coming under fire. Turns out our minds are not really capable of cooking and talking on the phone all at once, or writing a paper and listening to our kids. (I think it’s safe to say, though I might be proved wrong, that you can still walk and chew gum at the same time.) Our mind ping-pongs back and forth between the tasks, making each take longer or turn out poorly. Far better to focus on one thing for a time, then shift focus.

From a photography standpoint, if you're not focused, the picture is blurry.

This focus (for lack of a better word) on focus, on doing one thing and giving it your all, I can also think of as intentionality. If I am deliberate in my decisions and in my actions, I will get results.

Focus. As powerful a word as any I’ve heard lately. How might you apply it?