I've mentioned before that I have to lie to myself and play mind-games to get myself through my laps. I'll tell myself I'm only doing 28 today, and then say, how about 4 more at that point and then say, well, darn, it's only 8 more, I'll just do 4 and then right at the end say OK, the last 4 are easy, might as well just finish the thing off. And a lot of valuable energy is wasted in figuring out ways that I'm going to finish what I started.
Then the idea of the pool abacus was born. A visual representation of how much I'd done and how much was left. Let me explain:
You see those blue things? Not only do they keep the lane line floating but they move. You can slide them up and down the wire as you see fit. So, once I complete my first 50, I casually flip one forward, continuing to do this until I've completed 10 sets of 50, then I reverse direction, pushing them one by one back towards the middle of the pool until none are touching the wall. I am then done.
This way I can easily see that I'm halfway done and there is an immense sense of satisfaction when I reverse direction. I also satisfy some OCD tendencies by having a routine every time I get to the wall. And most importantly I can tell when my deceitful mind games confused myself so badly that I'm pretending I did laps that I didn't. 40 laps means 40 laps thanks to my new abacus.