Well my friends you will be happy to hear that I stuck to my swimming for more than a day. On Wednesday I went in for round two even though I had a bit of a headache. How’s that for dedication?! I think the reason I was so eager to go again was despite struggling on day one I actually felt like I looked toned and I was ready to see how much further I could take that.
When I was there I didn’t really manage much more than I had before, I either got an extra length or length and a bit in before I had to bail out. It is definitely my legs that tire out first, even though I stand and walk loads and have no upper arm strength. One of the women I work with has a daughter who is a champion swimmer so I turned to her for a bit of advice on how to get my legs stronger and she said that using a floatie and just propelling myself with my legs was key, that even at her daughter’s stage she still does that, so that may be something I have to look in to, embarrassing as it might be.
One thing that did kinda spur me was that there was a man at least twice if not three times my age there making record time on the lanes. I used to be like that, hopefully some day I will be again.
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Let me know how you get on and have a lovely weekend.
Most of you probably don’t know this but I have recently moved office from my nice little office beside the sea to this giant campus in town. While I will miss the sea and the random chats with the lad who sold me a zillion cans of Red Bull there are some definite perks to working in the city centre. The shops are an obvious one. But the fact it takes me half the time to get to work is a big one. The other is that I have now got access to a free pool. There is a gym too but I have decided I’m not going to spend money on a gym as I will never use it. I might attend some of the classes they offer though at the minute that is a lot further down the line.
When I was still in college I had a free gym and pool membership which I never used. This time round I have been optimistic and have set myself the goal of swimming for minimum of 30 minutes three times a week. Over the weekend I got some swimming gear and I was ready to go.
I managed 5 minutes. Jesus it was harder than I thought. The pool is only a small one as well. All in all I did 8 laps, 4 front stroke and 4 back.
I was wrecked after and my legs were like jelly. What struck me though was that it was my legs and arms that got me and not my asthma, maybe it is just being out of action that is the problem. I’ll be going again on Thursday, maybe, and I will add a few more laps in. Stay tuned to see how I get on!
There is one thing that I have learned in my twenty two years and I think it has been fundamental to the overwhelming success I have had in everything I do.
This amazing magical solution? Putting your full effort into something the first time you do it. I know you may have heard this a million times over but it really does pay dividends in the end.
When you put the full effort into something in the first place or from the start you end up with a better result and often end up saving yourself time.
I’ll give you an example.
In work I am part of a date clean up team, in charge of ensuring data on our system is compatible with data on another system which we are migrating over to. Part of our tasks, for this migration, at the moment, revolve around back scanning shelves of old files and documents. Easy peasy you might say, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. These are files that are stored in our file room. This is a room in the basement of another building across the street from our main office. (SIDE NOTE: This is no longer our office as we have moved to a new city centre campus that is MUCH bigger). A few years ago that file room flooded and well, we have all seen wet paper. So mine and the lads jobs are to divide these files up and scan them to their relevant policies. Of course they are stapled and tattered as well.
The scanner normally scans 1,000 pages in approximately thirteen minutes. My first batch of about 500 pages took me almost an hour. Whoever had prepared that bundle didn’t neaten it up and left some staples in the pages which caused problems with the scanner. The chap whose day to day job involves A LOT of scanning then took five to ten minutes to show me how he would prepare a bundle of scanning and the difference it makes is amazing. I have had very few issues, bar a few inevitable ones, the main problem I am having now is that the scanner is not scanning fast enough for me.
I know this isn’t really a great example but it just highlights the difference it makes and the time you can save just by giving something your best shot the first time around!