I’ve often been guilty of blaming a “lack of time” as an excuse for not getting things done. But when I really think about it, that isn’t my problem. No, my problem is not lack of time, but rather, lack of focus.
I’ll think to myself, “Okay, today after work I’ll do some research on the internet on that topic I want to write about on my blog.” Or I’ll say, “I’ll spend Saturday afternoon writing several posts so that I won’t be writing them at the last minute.”
But it often doesn’t work out that way. I simply get distracted. I’ll sign on to the internet and I’ll see those AOL news blurbs on my home page and jeez, doesn’t that one about Sandra Bullock and her hubby look interesting? And oh my gosh, Ricky Martin has come out of the closet!
Then of course I just have to check my two email accounts to make sure I don’t miss important notification that I’ve won the South African lottery, and if I just send King So and So a check for, say, $5,000, he’ll send me my millions RIGHT AWAY! And how can I take the chance of missing a very important forward that I have to send to 10 friends or I’ll have bad luck for life. *Gasp.
And of course there’s Facebook – which wouldn’t be that bad if I hadn’t foolishly signed on to become a farmer at Farmville. I cannot go a day without checking my crops! My hubby and I were out of town this week-end and when I came back I had 20+ (count ’em) gifts waiting for me from my farming friends! Me, farming?? What’s that all about?
Finally, right after I sit down at my computer to write a great blog post, I start thinking about all the other stuff that needs to be done – like start a load of wash, load or unload the dishwasher, empty the dryer and fold clothes . . .
Jeez, it’s a wonder I ever get any writing done!
Distractions, my friends, will ruin my ambition to become a famous writer.
If I can ever pull myself away from all this stuff, I can read this post by Henrik Edberg and learn about the importance of focus. He states that “what you focus on – both in the long term and in your daily life – makes a world of difference.” Henrik also talks about how to improve focus.
The Success Conscious website provides some great tips I can use to improve my concentration here.
Sam Horn, author of a book called ConZentrate, talks about five FOCUS tips in this article.
If you could use some tips on how to improve your productivity, check out my time management post. (Hey, maybe I have to read that post again!)
So what about you? How’s your focus? I’ll happily read your comments – but first I have to check my emails!