I recently shared a list originally published by Stephen Covey “12 Things Happy People do differently”.
Number 8 “Increase Flow Experience” popped out at me. Initially I was drawn to that one because I didn’t get it. Flow experience? Sounds all new-agey-like. Then I read the description. “It’s when you are so focused on what you are doing that you become one with the task”. Now it really had my attention.
You see, I’m easily distracted. Right now my task at home is moving 22 years of ‘stuff’ to a new, smaller, location. I wander from room to room wondering how to do it. Finally it was decided to attack a small square foot area at a time. The laundry room. A closet. Focus on the task at hand. Set a time limit (I love the timer on my iphone) and go for it. You can accomplish a whole lot of stuff in an hour if you are focused on that one task only.
What about focus during a WOD? That can be a challenge. I’m distracted by my inability to breath, or the screaming muscles that don’t want to do another squat, or the bleeding hands that don’t want to jump up and grip the bar again for another pull-up. I’m distracted by all of that instead of focusing on the task. I should focus on completing the workout. Or better yet, completing the next rep. Keep moving, ignore everything else. That’s how you finish things faster right? If I focus on my lack of oxygen, I’m going to stop. If I focus on the pain, it’s going to slow me down. Don’t focus on the next 11 minutes in a 12 minute AMRAP, concentrate on finishing one minute at a time. Every minute done, is one minute closer to completion. I’m going to pile up those rounds like moving boxes! One at a time. Until the timer goes off.
Now I’m liking this “flow” experience. Next focus – reorganizing the gym. One corner at a time.