This week’s emphasis is concentration. We are focusing our attention, utilizing the magnifying glass. Concentration is a relative strength for me and I am able to focus and concentrate intensely for short periods of time. However, I have learned from self-observation that I am more effective if I set time frames for my concentration on a given task. I also evaluate the task in terms of perceived difficulty. The more difficult I estimate the task to be the shorter the time frame I set to focus on it. Thus for a very difficult task, rather than concentrating for two hours, I will work on it for four 30-minute segments separated not only by a break but some other thought involved activity. This is working for me and not only has it increased my productivity but also decreased my boredom and enabled me to stick with tasks I initially found difficult, boring, distracting or all three.
I am noticing that as this course draws to conclusion my old blueprint is sticking up its ugly head. I find reasons (excuses) to miss or be late on a reading task or sit. I don’t really understand this phenomenon. As I have been very committed to reading as directed and my daily sits. Even while on a three-week vacation to Australia I rarely missed completing my assigned tasks even if they were late. This week and last week almost every day I have to force myself to stay on target. What has happened to the habits I established over the past six months? (hmmmm) Am I secretly sabotaging myself so I will need to retake the course? (maybe) I am giving myself permission to complete and fulfill all MKMMA required tasks and retake the course should I wish to. Therefore, I now have a win/win situation—no reason not to complete all requirements. YEAH!!!
Below is an interesting video I discovered which is related to the topic of this post. It not only addresses concentration but the overall theme of this course–the power of thought.