Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Learning in the Now

Learning new software is a wonderful time to practice, living in the present.

There area many books out about "living in the Now" and "focusing within". I remember when I used to demonstrate software and I could feel myself "being in the zone". Time would go away while I was in a contractors office showing them a software program. I would focus on their questions and make notes and show them the software. I got very good at knowing my success rate by the time I left their office. I could feel the connection we had made, or didn't make in some cases. I could assess their needs and concentrate only on them. When this was happening, I lost track of time. Sometimes the demo would take 3 hours, sometimes 45 minutes. It really didn't matter, what mattered was that I was there at that moment, living in the Now.

Life is so busy, offices are so busy. It is very hard to do your present job as well as implement new software. It is especially hard if you don't have a plan of action for how it will happen and if you cannot focus on that plan. Your focused hard work will make your job easier in the near future.

Focusing within means giving attention to the task at hand and to yourself. Be good to the person who has to do this task "You". Give yourself time to read, concentrate in a quiet place, not answer the phone, just to breathe and relax. You deserve the chance to fully grasp what you are doing in the workplace. Someone at your office decided that now was the time to implement new software. Based on that decision, you can decide that "Now" is the time you will give your undivided attention to your needs in order to learn and perform this task.

As quoted in "The Power of Now" by Eckert Tolle, there is an Eastern saying "the teacher and the taught together create the teaching". I can say from experience, that a successful implementation are when both the teacher and the taught are focusing in the present moment.

Happy Learning!

1 comment:

Leslie said...

I never thought of software as zen-like before! But you are right on track that we ought to devote more of the here and now to tasks we undertake. Even something as "simple" as software deserves our full undivided attention.