I was running this morning and thinking ‘Wow, I am enjoying this. I am loving the process of running. I don’t want to stop, I like listening to the birdsong and the wind in my ears, feeling the smell of a fresh spring nature … I like being here and now… ‘ I then looked at my watch to check how much time was ‘left’.
Generally, I like running: it helps me stay awake, takes me away from the computer, provides space for thinking or calming down, depending on what’s needed more. I am far from being a ‘serious’ runner, and only take part in races about once a year. At the moment I am training for half-marathon in May. As a part of the preparation process this year, I attended weekend training earlier this month, and got a tip from the trainer about running for certain amount of time (not kilometers) which I had never done before. This means having running slots for 60, 70, 90, 120 minutes, etc. in your calendar, as opposed to certain number of miles to cover.
I started to experiment with this technique and realized it brings a completely new perspective to the process of my training: I can’t run (and should not!) run faster in order to finish the training earlier, but instead, I can savor the process.
This experience made me think about the other aspects of my life, especially professional: I tend to think about myself as ‘organized’ and ‘efficient’ meaning I can ‘get things done’ on time, meeting the deadlines (90% of time, at least), but am I investing enough of myself into projects and courses, when I am focused on the ‘result’ (getting it done) more than the ‘process’ (of communication, creativity, being in the moment)?
David Allen said this one of his amazing Time Management newsletters: ‘Hurrying and delaying are alike ways of trying to resist the present’. Simple but true.
I will keep watching where I am trying to hurry and ‘get things done’ and will intentionally slow down. Writing this down was helpful, too: I think I enjoy the process of blogging more than I thought.
Thank you for reading! 🙂
P.S. Initially this post had another title: ‘Process or Result?‘ Searched my own blog and found this old post: Process, Result and Positive Thinking, also about running. Realize I don’t always remember what I had written about years ago! 🙂