We think we are busy, and we are doing things. We believe we are making progress. Check on yourself. Once an hour, stop and ask, “what did I do for the last hour.” If you can show an hour’s worth of work, you are doing great. If not, it is time to take a more in-depth look.
Time does not have the ability to sneak away. Time is just there. Our brain, on the other hand, can very quickly deviate from the tasks we are trying to accomplish and move on to other thoughts. We are working hard, and the brain starts to drift off track into ‘what ifs,’ mine games, ‘who’da-thunk’ thoughts, and many other dark avenues. The mind stays just enough on the topic to make us think everything is fine; when actually, we are leaking the productivity of valuable time at a tremendous rate.
Even worse, the body is losing precious energy doing so. The brain can eat more calories than any race you will ever run. Keeping all the synapses firing and the electricity flowing to come up with all those thoughts is draining. Concentrating will help you stay on task and will probably save you a significant amount of energy along the way.
These are just things to think of as you work. Yes, I know, one more thing for us to burn energy over.
Thank you for being with me today. I hope to be with you again tomorrow.