Day 1,423 – Thankful for Monk Mode for a Couple of Hours

The past few days of work have been very much a blur for a variety of reasons. Some of the busy-ness was pre-planned and proactive. Some of it came relatively out of the blue. Regardless of the source or reasoning much of my time has been spent on calls, video conferences, and composing emails. My brain has been on overdrive the first three and a half days of the week. Heck, even at yoga last night I struggled to get my inner voice to stop monologue-ing.

Over the past couple of weeks I’ve had an idea hatching that could have a huge impact. With all of the other “stuff” going on I haven’t made time to focus on putting it together. The way this week was going it looked like it was going to be more of the same. Until I had an idea…One of the books I’ve been reading recently mentioned how the author went into “monk mode” to stay focused on his writing. As I stared at my task list after lunch I realized that the single most important thing I could be working on in that moment was to start my project. I shut down my email. I turned my phone on silent mode. I gave myself two hours to focus on that one project and put myself into “monk mode.”The results were amazing! Before I knew it the two hours were up and I had made more progress than expected. There’s still a long way to go on it, but putting 100% laser like focus onto it helped me kick start it.

I’ll definitely use this strategy again!


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