Keeping focused and lazy horses...

by Arina
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I've ridden the horse only once in my life. It was in Tennessee, where me and my friend were on a *road trip visiting Smoky Mountains.

At some point of our trip one of us has decided that it would be fun to go on a horse ride to enjoy the beautiful view and closeness to nature.

It was more than 8 years ago, but I still remember this horse I've been given for a one hour long group ride.

It was the laziest horse in the whole Tennessee area.

No matter how hard I pulled the reigns or how fearsome I tried to sound, the lazy creature just ignored me and refused to move with the group. It walked where it wanted to go, which was mostly in the middle of the leafy tasty bushes.

That's how procrastination really looks like. One part of you (the rider) wants to get things done, achieve great goals, and move forward. And another part of you (the horse) just hangs out in the bushes and chews on the leaves.

For me there are several things that work to get focused:

1) Create environment with no distractions

Pretty hard to accomplish in the house with 3 little kids, but I manage to get my 2 hours during the nap time, and 1-2 hours if I wake up early. Those sacred hours are reserved for most high-impact tasks, like writing.

2) 12-weeks goals

I got this idea from 12 Weeks Year book, loved the concept, and started implementing it this year. So far it really works for me. I pick one priority for the 12 weeks, create a schedule, and then use a rating system to measure how I perform during one week.

For example, I have 20 high-priority tasks for the week. If I accomplish all 20 - this means I am 100% successful. If I accomplish 15 - I rate myself 75%.

The first week I got 12%, and it forced me to re-evaluate my day, my tasks, and my work flow. Now I average between 60-80%, and it feels much better.

What helps you focused? Any strategies you use?

- Arina
#focus #focused #horses #keeping #lazy
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  • Profile picture of the author hardraysnight
    no such thing as a lazy horse - just lazy riders
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  • Profile picture of the author tagiscom
    Originally Posted by hardraysnight View Post

    no such thing as a lazy horse - just lazy riders
    Certainly better than a Rhinestone Cowboy, (a dollar tucked inside your shoe, must be painful).

    Originally Posted by Arina View Post

    Oh you haven't met the one from Tennessee
    Doesn't Ride Like the Wind then!

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  • Profile picture of the author TonyRoberts
    Get Clint eastwood out there, he'll sort that horse out
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  • Profile picture of the author videocat
    I can just "see" your predicament! I understand the frustration you must have felt. But giving the horse some was chosen for its calm, gentle nature. If you were pulling on the reins in an attempt to get it to "Go" were actually telling it to stop. And drumming its sides with your heels and making sounds at probably had heard it all before and was simply ignoring you. They can 'spot' a beginner rider a mile off. and will take them on the most frustrating ride they can - just to see how much they can get away with. So, sorry you had such a hard time of it...but believe beats the heck out of being run away with!! (Been on both sides of this.)
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  • Profile picture of the author ryanbiddulph
    I dig this analogy Arina

    I focus on doing what I do mainly for fun. Since I always make room for what feels fun, and focus on what feels fun, I just keep doing it.

    Example; I enjoy spending 10 to 20 minutes daily responding to threads on Warrior. So I do it. No laziness. No loss of focus. I do it daily. For months. Since April, I believe. I just keep at it, because it feels fun.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexis Morales
    apparently nobody here have concentration problems , but I understand what you are talking about. I'm just a newbie on this waters and is veeeery hard to get focus most when you don't know nothing and try to understand everything. in my case when i found my self distracted I try to think in the most important things and why I'm doing this. or take a break then come again.
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  • Profile picture of the author hardraysnight
    A horse is a horse, of course, of course,
    And no one can talk to a horse of course
    That is, of course, unless the horse is the famous Mr. Ed.

    Go right to the source and ask the horse
    He'll give you the answer that you'll endorse.
    He's always on a steady course.
    Talk to Mr. Ed.
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  • Profile picture of the author tagiscom
    Beating a dead horse!

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  • Profile picture of the author hardraysnight
    sounds like the one i backed last saturday
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  • Profile picture of the author Jessica Amboos
    I get this sometimes. I decide on one thing on a given day but when my mood switches, it completely changes everything I've decided on. I'm not sure if it's just my hormones talking but I absolutely need all the motivation I can get on those days because when that happens, it's a rare thing that it will go back to its original plan again.
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  • Profile picture of the author tagiscom

    Yeah, l know, a cow, but the guy singing this looks, horshish.

    I don't remember this from the 80's, pity l found it now, lol.

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