While I was waiting for code to compile I was going through my RSS feeds and stumbled upon this article about meditation and it really struck home. I mean, the reason I saw it was my lack of focus. All day long, any time I am waiting on something I have a bad habit of checking in on something else going on in my life. No telling how much more I could get done in multiple aspects of my life if I could be completely involved in what I'm working on.
So, tomorrow I'm going to set my watch for 5 minutes, turn off my monitors and just concentrate on my breathing and nothing else for that time. I'm very lucky in that right now I don't share an office with someone full time so I can close my door and be completely by myself.
This is something I've been meaning to do forever. My brain is constantly running full speed; especially when I lay down to go to sleep. I've been wanting like crazy to try and teach myself to ignore all the little distractions that pull me out of deep concentration but I haven't had any luck so far.
Oddly enough, the time I spend in triathlon training is the one time I don't need distraction. Most of the people I pass on the running trails wear ear buds while they run. I don't see it too much on the bike but I've seen people listening to music while they swim, too. For me, though, even long bike rides or swims don't seem to need music to make the time pass.
When I'm running, I feel the need to hear my feet hitting the ground and hear my breath. Most of the time I can tell my form has gotten sloppy by the sound of my feet hitting the ground, or that my pace is too fast by the sound of my breathing. I don't know why I never long for music on long bike rides. Probably just mortal fear of not hearing danger while buzzing around on two wheels.
And when I'm in the pool I'm concentrating so hard on form I don't think I could handle any distraction. Plus, I love the quiet, ambient noise of the water flowing past me.
Crap! I just hit the end of that paragraph and swapped over to check my email. Okay, tomorrow I'm going to try meditation at work...