Today was a great day in terms of not being distracted by negative thoughts, however in terms of motivation, it was a zero.  I didn’t lose ground but I didn’t gain much ground either.

Staying up late for the Super Bowl didn’t help my energy and I was exhausted doing basic exercises at the gym.

I managed to soldier through the day with little physical energy, however, I spaced out badly at times due to lack of interest and getting tired of minutia.  I need to strengthen the muscle that can help me help move a group along towards a resolution rather than tuning out.

Going to sleep early tonight and come back rested for tomorrow.

I learned a great deal this week in terms of going easy on my expectations as well as knowing when to push myself.

The request before bed to my subconscious to help focus during the day seems to help a little bit as well.

I’ve learned that it takes the right combination of physical preparedness, planning and correct mindset to function at a high level for long stretches of time.  For me, missing one of those “legs” of the stool can break down my day.

I’m going to continue to try and optimize all 3…

Stay tuned…

PS  I have recently purchased The Art of Focus from Shane Parrish of the Farnam Street Blog.  I’ll be doing an in-depth review later.

Today was average.  I have to be patient with small, steady improvement instead of expecting perfection.

There was a little too much distraction and same old lack of direction but lots of good focus and definitely moments of improvement.

Lots of detailed tasks coming down the pike and lots of opportunities to grow.

I’d like to do better in “free time” and I need to keep putting myself in positions to do well.

Negative thoughts were out in full force and I was able to deal with about 60% of them.  Slow and steady.

Great day… way better than yesterday.

What helped was having clear, actionable tasks and goals I could focus on.  The emptiness and vacuum that can occur without visible tasks/goals leads to idleness and distraction.

Negative thought patterns don’t seem to come up when I can channel my energy.

Asking my subconscious before bed to help me focus at work seems to help as well.

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