Work this way!

Work this way!

If I’m working on something, a blog post, a song, a story or poem, and I find my mind wandering, I know that I need to refocus at that point.

But how does one do that? Well, that’s a great question. I don’t know what might work for you, but I know how I do it. I de-focus.

What’s that?

Well, not what it sounds like, that’s for sure. I don’t stop thinking about the work, but I do stop doing it.

I also don’t start doing something else that will distract me from the task. I do something else that doesn’t require my mind to focus.

Usually, I go for a walk. It seems that this gives my mind a chance to figuratively step away from the problem and reacquaint itself with the big picture. It helps to have a set walking trail that doesn’t require my attention. And it helps if it is the same trail all the time, so there are no “new sights” to distract me. Well, fewer new sights at least.

While I’m walking, I make a draft of what needs to be done to get the job from where it is to where it needs to be. When I’m done the walk, I’m ready to tear back into the work.

But what is it that makes this effective?

You’ve got me there. I think it might be the break, but then again, it could be the increase in blood flow from the exercise. And I’d like to find out.

Yesterday, a friend of mine showed me his office. He was kind of excited about his walking desk. “Where does it walk to?” I asked, “And does it come back when you need it?”

My friend ignored me, rightly, and with a flourish of his hand, displayed a treadmill with a work surface where the controls should be.

He’s not one of us, I don’t think. Well, maybe, who can tell from just talking to someone, right? His idea is that, since he spends a great deal of time commuting and working at the office, he needs to spend the time at home not sitting. But he does some work from home as well, and he’s a bit of a movie addict and a book lover. So if he has to do some of his work from home, he feels he should spend that time standing at least, and walking if he can.

I’m with him!

Well, not really, there’s only room for one on his treadmill, and on his desk. But I’d like to give this walking desk a try. I know that exercise is good for me, and good therapy for my ADHD. And I’d love to find out whether or not I’d need fewer walking breaks if I were walking while I worked.

I have a treadmill. All I need to do is find a desk top that could mount over the control panel. If it’s hinged, I could raise it up, set the treadmill to an adequate speed and then plop my notebook down in front of me while I walk. I don’t want to go for miles, I just want to make sure I’m ambulatory and not sedentary.

If I get around to trying this out, I’ll let you know about the results. If any of you have tried it, let me know what you think.

I think I could take an idea like this in stride.