The attention has been good but not “free flowing”. I have to “turn on” the tap and demand that it flow before I can get focused energy. It takes conscious effort and work to get into a state of concentration.

The negative thoughts seem to be coming up less than before, however, I find myself reaching for distractions rather than immersing myself in the task at hand.

I have been digging into Shane Parrish’s The Art of Focus and will review it at length later.  His materials have reinforced something that I already felt: it greatly helps me focus when I have a clear goal/task at hand.

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.

Disappointing day… I enjoyed being distracted rather than focusing and making progress.

There is no worse feeling than letting yourself down.

I am grateful I have higher expectations for myself and don’t feel proud of finishing the day with little to show for it.

I had too much time and spent it doing easy but unimportant tasks instead of important and uncomfortable tasks which would help me grow.

The silver lining is that taking the easy way out feels disappointing and I am very clearly feeling that.

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