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?


Writing Prompt Wednesday

Sometimes we all need a kick in the pants to get the creativity flowing. You can use my prompts to help kickstart a new project, or to add some flavor to an existing work.

Write 2k words about a dismemberment

You can post your work here in comments, on your own blog (with a link back) or just comment that you did it if you wish to use your work for publication.