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|A little thinking time has been a really good thing this summer ,
For years people have been telling me that multi tasking is a thing women do well .
I never feel focused or relaxed when I have uncompleted tasks swirling around in my head.
I think Multitasking is BS. I am a big believer in practicing to concentrate and focus, and it’s not a natural thing for me to do. So I have had to train myself and keep dragging myself back to focus .
The addictions of modern life are often counter productive .
With the temptations of multi tasking, phone checking, and social media addictions it’s easy to get very little actually done .
Just having small, silly lists swirling about in my head , paying electricity bills and dropping dry cleaning off can ruin my concentration if they are hanging around in the back of my mind.
The anxious stuff is a mind killer, and when I look at why I sometimes feel anxious and overwhelmed , I take myself out of circulation , go sit down in a quiet place and work it all out . My little life review mornings are so valuable .
I take a sheet of paper and write down all the other things I need to know and can do something about then I execute it .
I figure out the actual things I need to do. Not the things I would like to do with the rest of my life , just actual mundane tasks .
Then I eliminate all the things I can do something about .
Multitasking does not save time, it creates a longer list of things to do. It slows you down , it’s hugely distracting and makes you way less productive.
Spinnoff classes are all built on making time to focus, and I really believe taking one hour to only think about one thing – our self investment sweat- helps train our brains to concentrate better.
Working out is about so much more than weightloss and having a great looking body ( obviously it helps that heaps!) but having a strong focused life is one of the reasons I have loved doing hard workouts for the last 12 years .
Training your mind is way easier when you can clear your head and properly focus on what is important .
Taking back my life has been the reason I can get up and do hard stuff when my life is challenging , and being physically and mentally strong is reinforced by knowing I can really surprise myself by being more disciplined than I ever knew.
Releasing yourself from all the time to drift off and just taking your mind and body on track with one goal , will always give you a tangible result .
Stepping away from your phone, and your life, and trusting us to guide you for an hour is a great way to let go and do something for real results.
Sticking to one task , even when it’s hard , is a big step to pushing myself into places I didn’t think I could ever go.
Teaching yourself to be focused on you , is a great step toward seeing your capabilities in a whole new light.
Drifting about in your head and letting your mind wander, is not thinking , it’s not relaxing and it’s not an investment in bettering yourself.
If you clear out all the stuff , you will be more able to think clearly, and when you are done with your day you can relax your mind and body in a way that won’t require a drink to calm you , you can just be calm and not swirling about with nervous energy.
So, try going against the tendency to drift off. Make way more time for yourself by learning to concentrate and take the small stuff seriously for an hour or two a week. It makes a huge difference to feeling in control of your life .
Surprise yourself sometime . Practicing fierce focus is a great way to start .