I Hate You Ann Peterson
I don’t really. Just in a few trying moments now and then.
Anyway I wonder if what she said works elsewhere in life or at work.
Ann said something 5 minutes into our first running session that really hit me.
“It’s not how far you run, its how much time you run”.
Really? Since when? It’s all about distance when I was running back in the day (way way back in the day). It was all about running 1 or 2 or 3 miles every time and if time got involved it was “can I run those 2 miles faster?”
But I did what we as a big group of us were told. We had all joined the “Couch to 5K” running club a couple of weeks back. Ann is the leader, the one with the whistle and the stopwatch. And in that first session we ran for a few minutes each time, walked for 3 minutes, ran for 3 minutes. Rinse and repeat. Increase the time running each week she said. Hard. Brutal. But I like it the concept. Makes sense.
Let the time you run each week grow, not necessarily caring about the overall distance.
While I can’t say I’ve enjoyed the running these last 2 weeks (I still cursed Ann out last night in fact while running in Stoll Park a thousand miles away on business here in KC) The stopwatch can’t be right—these time intervals are the longest ever! But I really like the premise of focusing on time.
- Maybe I don’t need to get through my whole to-do list today but rather spend one hour solely focused on that to-do list every day.
- Maybe I don’t need to read those two books by next Friday, but rather focus an hour a day every day on just reading. Period.
- Maybe if I am a sales rep, I don’t have to focus on making 45 calls out before lunch today but rather focus on 3 hours of just making calls as quickly and wonderfully as I can.
- Maybe it doesn’t matter what I do with the kids on Saturday but how long we just “do” something that matters.
- Maybe if I quit counting stuff (am I the only one who does that?) and focus on counting the time I spend doing stuff I should, maybe the results would better.
Let’s hope I’m right ( and I think I am) – I don’t need any more reasons to be taking it out on Ann.
Till next time,
Grow The Business.