What’s Your Attention Span Like?

I know that I can get distracted pretty easily if I don’t have my mind set to finish something.

I can’t read a book if the TV is on in the background or even if I’m hearing music. It’s weird because I’m usually able to drown out actual conversation from real life people in the same room with me if I’m trying to focus on something. But when it comes to reading, I need complete silence. Otherwise my mind will just be drawn to the background noise like a moth to a flame even if I have absolutely no interest in it whatsoever.

That being said, when I DO put my mind to something, when I start getting an interest in something, I focus all my attention on it.

  • While running is probably never going to be my favorite thing in the world, I’m really proud at the dedication I’ve made with sticking with the Couch to 5k program. I’ve got 3 more workouts in it before I technically finish but I’ll continue to work out it to better my progress. I finished my first 5k race last week and though my time was rather horrible, I’m proud of myself for actually entering and then finishing. And now I know what I need to do to make it better. Plus I agreed to run a zombie 5k obstacle course at the end of the month because I’m crazy.
  • I’m not sure why I upped my reading goal to 225 books from 200 last year. But with 2 months left in the year and 69 books left to still be read, I’m putting all effort into finishing this goal.
  • This blog. Blogs are a dime a dozen. There’s ton of them out there. Why should people care about what I have to say? I’m not anyone important. And yet, I still write. Even if nothing ever comes out of this, I am still wanting to keep up with this blog. It’s been over a year since I started this and I hope I don’t stop anytime soon. I know of so many dead blogs out there even from people I know in person who get super excited in the beginning and then just stop completely for whatever reason. I’m not planning on this one to become one of them.

While I’m sure that there are still many things that I have wanted to try that I haven’t done or even lost interest in, I think that there’s a bigger part of me that wants to keep my word even to myself.

I know several people who put 110% in the first 10% of something and then the interest slowly wanes and then dies away completely. I also know that life happens and sometimes you have to choose between what you want to do and what you have to do. That being said, if you really want to make something happen….stick with it.

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One thought on “What’s Your Attention Span Like?

  1. I have the hardest time focusing on my personal goals lately as I’m super overwhelmed at work. As work levels off, I do better at my reading, tv watching, blog reading, etc. I really need to dust the cobwebs off my blog; move it over to wordpress and start writing again. Sadly, that probably won’t happen until Q1 2015. Just not the right time of year to try to add anything to my schedule.

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