Instead of combining my hypnotherapy research and admin with a few household chores – using a break from my desk to put on a wash for example – today I took a radical step.
I’ve rented a desk for 5 days a month at the wonderful Harbour Works in Torquay. – here’s the view from my window:
I’ve spent the day just focused on work (with appropriate breaks obviously). I’ve got through about 3 times as much stuff as on a usual Monday and am heading off home in a minute with real sense of achievement. The single task approach has brought a real clarity into my thinking and I am going home now to do the things that last week broke my flow of concentration and creativity. Some times you can’t avoid doing more than one thing at a time, but for me uni-tasking seems the way forward.
Anyone else tried it?
Kate and I were privileged to watch Mo Farah at the Olympic Stadium last month, and though it was only the qualifying round for the 5000m, there was still a sense of being in the presence of greatness. But it was in the last 200m of the final that Mo taught us two essential lessons about what it means to be human. Around the 1.00 minute mark in the clip below the two Ethiopians (Edris and Kejelcha) kick for home and Mo is unable to match their burst. Maybe age, maybe his exertions in the 10,000m, maybe something else – meant that he couldn’t perform the way he has done in the past, and he shows us here that humans, all humans, will one day come to the point where their bodies will be unable to respond like they did in the old days and acceptance of this fact is the source of wisdom and peace of mind.
Mo seems to have acknowledged that he is unlikely to get gold and will have to settle for another medal – until Chelima passes him and raises the real possibility of Mo Farah being out of the medals altogether. It is here that he teaches us the second lesson about what it means to be human: the mind correctly applied, can carry us far beyond what might seem realistically possible and by sheer belief and force of will Mo drags himself into what I believe to be a remarkable second place.
So remember that even though you can’t run like a teenager anymore, you can still be the best you can be at any age – which is more than enough – right?
Fantastic news – two Education and Wellbeing projects very close to my heart are beginning to take off and make substantial demands on my time. It’s great to watch things develop and to be able to respond to the needs of others in this way, but in other to maintain the healthy work-life balance which I have been preaching relentlessly over the last few years, I have regretfully decided to to limit my availability for clinical hypnotherapy to one day per week. Obviously I will honour existing arrangements with current clients, but new customers would be treated on Mondays.
I will still be working from the Old Dairy Practice for the time being, but expect exciting news in this area too!