No, I’m not pulling your chain. I actually think that if you want to get more done – you have to physically MOVE faster. It’s much easier to stay focused & churn through a lot of activity in a short period of time when your body is in a state of constant, quick motion.
There’s no doubt that when I’m really getting stuff done, I’m moving fast and end up in ‘The Zone’.
My senses are on red alert, my hands & feet are moving quickly and with purpose, my head is clear & focused and I get things done ‘bang-bang-bang’ – one after another.
For example, this morning, the kids were still in bed and my lovely husband had just left for the gym (after making me a coffee: “Thanks, honey!”)
I was just finishing up my famous (in our home) home-made muesli when I sensed an opportunity to spend the next 20 minutes uninterruptedly making a change to my blog which had been bugging me for days.
Realising however, there were still hazelnuts to be roasted & muesli to be finished with my secret ingredients and time was a-wasting, I decided the only way this could happen was to go into ‘The Zone’.
I popped the hazelnuts under the grill rather than dry roasting them, so I’d not have to stand there while the laptop was booting up. As I was tidying the post muesli-making dirty kitchen & utensils, I noticed we really needed to run a wash and remembered the fish hadn’t yet been fed, either!
But this wasn’t going to stop me now the ‘red mist’ had descended.
Like a finely tuned machine, I moved with quick hands & quick feet, ensuring every move was economic & strategic, one flowing into the next. I fed the fish on my way to fetching the washing from the bedroom hamper, stopped to turn over the hazelnuts on my way back to the laundry (while balancing washing under the other arm), returned to my laptop to enter my windows password and popped back into the kitchen to rescue the hazelnuts, finish the muesli mix and finally sat down at my laptop.
All this only took 4 minutes, whereas I could’ve easily spent a good half hour or more had I done this at a leisurely pace and allowed myself to get distracted.
Instead, I stayed focused on the goal of ‘fix the IT issue before the kids get up’.
Moving quickly helps me stay in ‘The Zone’ where – like a General in battle – I maintain the big picture view, strategically moving troops around the board.
If I allow my body to slow down, I go into ‘foot soldier’ mode where I only see what’s right in front of me & lose sight of the big picture.
I imagine the brain chemistry works such that quick movements keep stimulating your adrenalin levels, but I’m no expert in neuroscience.
Whatever it is, it works for me & I bet it also works for you.
I got all the morning jobs done, fixed that pesky IT thing & also managed to write this post – happy times! 🙂
1 – Physically move quickly. It helps the brain stay focused and alert to all the little things which can be done quickly if sequenced well.
2 – Never stop thinking of the final goal & set yourself a very short deadline.
3 – Only do small things which are absolutely necessary & can be sequenced together. Be quick to dismiss non-urgent items which can be done later in the day.
If you have any tricks for getting into & staying in ‘The Zone’ – or maybe know how the brain chemistry works – please leave me a comment below!
Much love, Miriam