In my effort to become ever more productive throughout the day, I’ve done several more things:
For starters, if I need to concentrate for a prolonged period of time and start to drift, I’ve found these things work pretty well:
Ear plugs. Blocking all audible input greatly reduces the amount of things to concentrate on, therefore helping concentration. I use them time to time if I have a large amount of “boring” work to do.
When I work out now, I bring a checklist of exercises to do. I wish I had started this years ago!
There’s a quote I like by Brian Tracy that says: “At the age of 24 I began setting clear, written goals for each area of my life. I accomplished more in the following year than I had in the previous 24.”
Setting goals and creating plans helps accomplish more in any field, so I don’t know why it took me so long to apply it in the gym. Instead of simply stopping when I get tired or unmotivated, I now finish long workouts, and I can see my progress in visual form on the checklist.
I got the initial checklist from this workout plan post at AskMen.com, then slightly modified it to be one workout with more sets.
My latest motivational addition to my room comes in the form of a large poster I had printed out at Kinkos on foam board. It’s a quote I stole from Stephen Stephanian’s website.
I put this board right in front of my desk so I can’t ignore it.