|I lose focus. I get distracted easily, phone rings, doorbell rings, a leaf falls, a shiny bauble catches my eye…
I have to start all over again and again.
I feel discouraged , dis-heartened., even a bit frazzled at times. Where was I?
I know that feeling negative just attracts more negatives into my life. But sometimes it just feels like it is easier to focus on all these negatives. There are just so many from which to choose. Maybe a bit of TV watching, bad idea, cancel, cancel, cancel.
I have a cup of tea and start all over from the beginning again. But where was I? Focus, that’s it. I am constantly starting and re-starting even the most simple of tasks. At the end of the day sometimes I can’t find anything to be pleased about.
And then I remember the lyrics from an old song, ‘Accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative and don’t mess with Mister In-between’. Time to re focus, again.
After years of this behavior, I have come to realize the value of having a “touchstone”, a ‘Key Word’, to remind me of what I was supposed to be doing before getting distracted.
This Keyword, or focus point is a short, simple word or phrase upon which to attach my focus, like “Trash Out” or “feed cat”. The only trick is to remember the Focus word. But a simple word or phrase is a lot easier to recall.
Years ago there were a series of books, the 1 hour Manager, the 10 minute Manager, the 5 minute Manager.
I am now down to the 1 minute Manager. Considering nano-seconds as soon as there is a cheap way to measure them.
Focus, it all seems to be about Focus and how to avoid all of the never-ending distractions.
I would be very interested and pleased to hear about your ideas on Focus and how to keep on track, how to stay the course and actually get something done.