Staying Focused

file000558305734Staying focused is the key to being and staying productive. Sometimes this is a major challenge for me, as I tend to pile up the projects, which can lead to being unfocused and working on everything at the same time. In this life, it can be hard to remain focused with all the demands on our time.

But staying focused is absolutely required, in writing and in life. Without focus, we wander aimlessly, not sure what to do or where to go – and probably not getting a whole lot done. This is no way to reach our goals and our dreams, that’s for sure.

Figure Out What’s Most Important

What will get you to that goal or dream? That’s where you need to start and focus on that one thing. Anything that moves you closer to your goal or dream is important – anything that moves you away from that goal or dream isn’t as important. Ask your boss what is most important to him/her if you work outside the home. This is about the only time I would tell you to ask someone else what is important to him/her in regards to reaching our goals and our dreams.

Just Do It

Once you have figured out what is important, work on that to the exclusion of all else. If multiple things are important, block out time for each project. Say you’re going to work on each one for 30 minutes, or two hours, or whatever fits your schedule. Actually, write it into your schedule if you keep a written schedule. Do not let yourself get distracted during the time you are focusing – it may be really uncomfortable at first, but with practice, it will become easier.

What about you, do you have any tips for staying focused? What works for you?


You Only Fail If You Quit

7a12121c1ebe367b5423b5d8b26fe069Most of us are afraid of failure, of making a mistake and looking bad. That fear holds us back from many of the things we want to do in life, from starting our own businesses to learning a new language. The fear of failure is ever present in our lives if we let it be and try to ignore it.

The reality of life is that you only truly fail if you quit. If you stop doing something. Not when you make a mistake. We tend to overuse the word failure, especially when things do not go the way we had planned. So what, we made a mistake or several – but we didn’t fail, we learned one way that it won’t work.

Every time something doesn’t work out, it’s a learning experience. Did Thomas Edison fail to make the lightbulb? No, but he sure did figure out a lot of ways in which it wouldn’t work! Albert Einstein didn’t fail, but he too discovered a lot of ways in which things wouldn’t work. The key takeaway here is that while those famous for inventing or discovering found a lot of ways to be wrong, they eventually found out how to be right…and none of them failed.

Life is a whole lot of trial and error. We’re constantly planning and plotting, trying to make things work and sometimes we’re on the right track, and other times we are way off. This is where the adage “Learn from your mistakes” comes into play. The wrong thing to learn is to not make mistakes – without mistakes, you are surviving, not living. That may be why you feel dead inside, but that’s a whole other topic. The right way to deal with a mistake is to accept you made it, acknowledge the mistake and then figure out where you went wrong and try it again another way. Sometimes the answers aren’t clear, in which case you are bound for more trial and error – but it will all teach you something.

Just don’t give up! Life is a precious journey, and learning is part of it. Without learning, we cannot grow, and nature abhors a static situation – you’ll be forced to grow, whether you like it or not. Choose growth for yourself, don’t let it be chosen for you.

Have you ever made a mistake and learned from it? Let us know!

Starting Over

Starting OverStarting over from scratch can be super fun, or super annoying. Personally I find it super fun! But at the same time – super annoying! But it was time for a fresh start to go with all the other changes I’ve been making lately.

It’s time to live my life my way, and I couldn’t be more excited about it. I’ve started freelancing writing again, after getting (and failing to keep due to health reasons) a job. Yes, a J-O-B. What was I thinking? Someone must have hit me over the head or something, but here I am, back to what I love.

For the curious minded, I offer articles, blog posts and product reviews (especially books!) of varying lengths and on varying topics. This time I’m going to focus on a few topics to start out with, but I have experience writing on just about everything under the sun at this point. I tend to have a conversational tone throughout my writing, as I’m used to writing mostly online content. Pricing varies by project.

I also offer proofreading and editing. Of nearly anything. Again, books are very much beloved here too! Pricing of course varies by project. If you need something done, feel free to reach out.

Of course I haven’t given up on my myriad fiction projects either – they’re still chugging along. Have some rewriting to do, as well as plenty of new content coming. Slowly. It’s coming slowly. Have I mentioned that I tend to be impatient?

What’s going on in your writing worlds? Any fun new projects? Tell me all about them!