Is There an “App” for That?

I have lots of projects going at any point in time, both to do with work and not. Being a bit of a geek, I usually look for software or applications to help me stay organized, focused and on top of things. Today, I decided I needed to try out a project management software. I searched online, which is always my first step to any point of curiosity, problem, or inquiry. I found a “free”, web-based, project management software that I could download to all of my computers in both Windows and OSX and on my phone and tablet via an app. The selling point was that it would integrate with several other web-based products I routinely use. I clicked the download button immediately, and voila! I’m a project manager.

Well, not so fast. I opened up the software and quickly assessed the user interface, which was very straightforward and easy to use. I wasted no time creating “folders” for areas of my life I wish to manage, as projects, then creating “tasks” within each of the folders. It seemed easy enough. I knew I should probably apply timeframes to my various tasks for each of my projects, and I knew there had to be some way to get an overview, sort of a “bird’s eye view” of what all was going on and what all was coming up. I saw a button that said “dashboard”, when I selected it a pop-up message appeared saying I’d just activated my “free” fifteen day trial for the “enhanced feature”. I’m smart enough to know that you usually get what you pay for and that a “free” project management software was not likely to be either a complete tool or completely free. I also know enough about the world to know that to get the most out of my new tool, I’m going to need to know more about the topic in general and the tools, specifically.

I’ve enrolled in a free webinar next week. I’m sure, to get the most out of the software and project management, as a whole, I am going to have to learn some new skills, and how organize my projects, tasks, timelines and information, then put it all to use and employ the tools as designed.

True, it sounds like a lot, just to get oneself organized, but I think it will be worth it. And that’s what’s important; that I think it will be worth it, that I am willing to undertake this a task, and that I know I will need to learn more about it and make a regular and concerted effort to get the desired result.

What are your desired results? Do you know what you need to do, or know, to achieve your desired results? In life, we all have some idea of what we want that we don’t already have. We don’t often know exactly how to go about getting there; what tools we may require, what skills we may need, how to apply reasonable timeframes and how to oversee or manage our progress. So many of us make very slow, or perhaps no, progress towards those desired results. Not unlike the project management software webinar I signed up for, sometimes we just need to find out what tools we have at our disposal and how, exactly, to use them. And that’s where life coaching may be the solution.

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Going the Distance

A Tough Run

I ran today. I’m not new to running. I’m not particularly good at running, but I enjoy running. I love the cardio aspect, I love being outdoors, I love challenging myself to become better, faster, to have more endurance and stamina. My favorite little run is a six mile rectangle. All flat. It begins at a “dog park” and loops past a neighborhood, along a major thoroughfare, up a frontage road along the famous Highway 29 in Napa, then back along a rural, vineyard lined road, down along the neighborhood, again, and to the park. It is truly, mostly, a lovely run.

Today, it was grueling. I can’t believe I went, first of all, and I can’t believe I ran the full six miles. I was up late last night, up early this morning, and spent the day conducting an eight-hour training session a la conference call via the web. I ate breakfast and lunch at my laptop on quick breaks during the call. And, somehow, I managed to lace up my shoes, walk out the front door to my car, and drive to the dog park and park. Then I ran, into a strong wind, which, somehow, always seemed to be a headwind, for six miles.

Normally, when I run, based on the coaching I’ve had over the past few years, I run for five minutes, walk for one minute, run for five more minutes, walk for another minute. Whether I’m running three miles and twenty-six point two miles, that’s how I do it. When I’m having a tough running day, I focus on making it just five more minutes, then I walk my minute, drink some water, kind of regroup, then make myself run another five minutes. Before long, I’ve run the entire distance I set out to run.

Today, the five minute increments were too much to fathom. I really didn’t want to give up on my goal of six miles, especially once I made it to the far edge of my route. Walking three miles back to the car was not something I was willing to do, I was determined to finish the six miles at close to my “usual” pace of about ten minutes per mile.

I read a book on running and mindfulness recently, “Zen and the Art of Running – The Path to Making Peace with Your Pace” by Larry Shapiro Phd . The book focused not only on running, but on mindfulness. I am a student of mindfulness, a proponent of mindfulness, and a practitioner of mindfulness. I truly believe that mindfulness is a large part of healing, health, and happiness. The author recommended several ways to be mindful while running. One way he suggested, I employ regularly. Rather than let my mind run amuck and focus on petty little thoughts and distractions, I count my steps. It may sound a little O.C.D., but it is a tool. For the first half of my run, I count when my right foot strikes, one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, and then I begin at one again. Halfway through, I switch to my left foot. Why? Because I think I may also emphasize my cadence with a slightly exaggerated foot strike with the “counting” foot and I want to be sure that is balanced so as not to cause undue stress or injury to one foot or leg over the other. It’s just a method to ensure even distribution of exertion and energy. It works.

Today, during my tough run, with the five minute increments seeming interminable, I decided to focus, instead, on the ten count as an increment. Every ten count completed was a minor triumph, an accomplishment, and ten whole strides closer to my goal. It worked. I ran the full six miles, my pace was close to my usual and I was so pleased with myself for managing the full run.

This is how we sometimes must manage our goals in life. We need to break them down into manageable chunks, measurable bits, that reinforce our efforts positively. My goal today was to run six miles. When that seemed unmanageable, I broke it down into five minute increments. When even those five minute increments seemed too much, I broke it down even further. The result? I met my goal. Success.

What are your goals? What goals are you struggling with? What goals seem unmanageable? Do you need some guidance in going the distance? Do you need some insight into managing your goals, perhaps breaking them down into manageable chunks? I understand, I’m sympathetic, I get it and I am here to help. It’s what I do. Life coaching. Going the distance.

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