One of this year’s words for me will be Focus.
What does this mean? Well, as a counter example, after typing “What does this mean?” I went off and put dinner in the oven, read about browers, and bought yarn. This is me NOT focusing.
Not that short term ADD is my arch enemy, just the immediate example. I really want to apply focus to my long term projects; keep the goal in sight, don’t start other long term projects willy nilly.
The first task will be to focus on my book. I have a lot of work to do, and I keep finding myself getting sidetracked by other new shiny things. For example, I find it incredibly hard to stay focused when I keep getting awesome calls for submissions in my inbox. I want to submit to them all! I have so many great ideas and things that would fit these themes perfectly. But alas, I need to buckle down and get to work on the exciting project that is my first, and hopefully not last, book.
One of the most productive times for me is when I’m working on a project with a tight deadline. I stay focused on the project, work on it from start to finish, and am always surprised how fast I complete the work. If I could impose deadlines on my other work, perhaps this will help keep me focused.
But how do I trick myself with a fake deadline? In the back of my head I think, “well, this isn’t a real deadline, so it doesn’t matter if I’m a day late…or a week…or a month…”
This will be the challenge.
How do you stay focused? Do you have any great tips or tricks you want to share with me?