A final summary of my 30 day trial:

The negative thought patterns have diminished  to a certain degree although distractions make them tempting to “reach out to” despite not being “pushed out” to me. I like that I stuck with it for 30 days.

The requests to subconscious started strong but were not forceful enough to sink in.  I have noticed more internal nudges  to “be present” and “pay attention” to my surroundings when doing things like walking, rather than simply fantasizing about scenarios or past experiences that won’t ever happen.  The more I force myself to stay present and focused, the better I will be at facing reality and its many challenges.

As such, my next 30 day challenge will be to focus on “BEING PRESENT”.  Too much of my waking time is spent diving in and out of focus.  I feel I would be better served by having a strong mission to always stay in reality and not daydream, even if it is something unpleasant and uncomfortable; such as reading a confusing legal document at work.

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.

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