Focus on projects

Internet life can take us all over the place, to a poem, to the news, to family, and down a rabbit hole or five. It’s easier than ever to get distracted these days, which means that right now, more than ever, it’s important to focus in sometimes. That might be with our goals, with our awareness, our tasks, our self-care…

Focusing in on one thing and working on it can actually help us feel calmer and more stable in our lives. Too often we are scattered and we feel scattered, so allow yourself to practice focus on the projects you want to work on. Being focused is not something that always come naturally, so we have to practice it.

I invite you today to focus in the best you can on a task or project you want to work on. Set intentions for what you want your day to look like. I can’t think how often I think about what I want to do and then get distracted looking at something else on the internet or even doing something else around the house. And often, I let myself. I say, well, it’s interesting. I like looking at this, I like doing this, or, it needs to get done anyways. But what I really set out to do, is still waiting to be done.

What things do you wish to do today? To complete? To work on? Take one and really focus in on finishing it or working on it. If you get distracted, go back to it. Don’t make up excuses not to, just go back to it. If you really want to continue with the distraction task, make a note of it and tell yourself you can come back to it later. Then go back and focus on the task you set out to do.

WRITE:

Write down one thing you want to complete, then write down five things that might distract you. First be general with those distractions and then be more specific. Next, write your reason for continuing with the distraction reason.

Example: you might write down “internet.” To be more specific, you might write: “I might get stuck scrolling through Facebook. How else would I find out that Jon is in the hospital with Covid or that Betty is pregnant and that Mich had her book published?

Go through 3-5 things like this, first writing down what you want to do or focus in on and then, write the distractions that might come up for you (being specific- even to the point of being funny to yourself- I might get stuck watching videos of adorable dogs dressed as cats) and then the excuse you might give to continue with the distraction.

Then work today on focusing in on the tasks or projects you want to do and if you get distracted, think of what you wrote and focus in again on your task.

Allowing yourself to get distracted is okay and your mind wandering is okay (minds do that and people get distracted), AND bringing yourself back to focus is okay too. In fact, you need to help your mind focus. Just gently bring your attention and focus back to what you are working on rather than doing a million things and calling it multi-tasking.

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Happy focus! Take care,

Liza

Liza Wolff-Francis

Published by lizawolfffrancis

Liza Wolff-Francis is a poet and writer with an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Goddard College who is proud to have served two terms as a member of the Albuquerque Poet Laureate Program’s Selection Committee. She was co-director for the 2014 Austin International Poetry Festival and a member of the 2008 Albuquerque Poetry Slam Team. She has an ekphrastic poem posted in Austin’s Blanton Art Museum by El Anatsui’s sculpture “Seepage” and her work has most recently appeared in Steam Ticket, eMerge, Minute Magazine, Weaving the Terrain: 100 Word Southwestern Poems, Bearing the Mask: Southwestern Persona Poems, Poetic Routes, Poetry Pacific, Edge, and on various blogs. She has a chapbook out called Language of Crossing (2015, Swimming with Elephant Publications), which is a collection of poems about the Mexico- U.S. border. She loves breakfast food, popcorn and dark chocolate.

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