“Concentration is the ability to think of absolutely nothing when it is absolutely necessary.” - Ray Knight, professional athlete
Calm your mind. Quiet all of the distractions surrounding you. Concentrate on the one task at hand. Often a naysayer can cloud our minds and break our focus. What in your life distracts you? In the moment of need, silence your brain and allow yourself to stay focused. Save your worries about tomorrow and guilt over yesterday's failures for another time. Maybe you need to meditate, pray, or simply spend a few moments quietly gathering yourself before tackling the project at hand. Now is the time for just one thing--reaching your goal. Today, focus your energy, clear your head, and achieve!
1. Calm your mind. Quiet all of the distractions surrounding me. Concentrate on the one task at hand.
Often easier said than done, although when I am working on a project I can at times literally shut out the entire world, which is good for when I need to really focus.
2. What in your life distracts me?
a) E-mails – I just got through deleting over 600 unread e-mails and my goal is to open my e-mail every day and only see today’s. So far I'm doing farily good in that I have todays and yesterdays, and some from my mom that I’ll save to read later…you know those that people forward to you.
b) SPAM – I have a spam blocker, but I still have to go in and mark it as junk or spam.
c) The urge to check my e-mail or Spark People when I'm getting bored with a project.
d) My precious little Izzy (my cat) when she starts roaming around my desk. She’s gotten a lot better and usually only does this late in the afternoon.
e) Personal or family problems – when the family isn’t getting along it REALLY truly bothers me. I absolutely cannot stand discord between my immediate family.
f) Fear and anxiety – fear that I’ve made a wrong choice which then leads to anxiety and worrying that I’ve made a wrong choice.
3. In the moment of need, silence your brain and allow yourself to stay focused. Save your worries about tomorrow and guilt over yesterday's failures for another time. Maybe you need to meditate, pray, or simply spend a few moments quietly gathering yourself before tackling the project at hand.
a) I have a GOD box that I use when I'm facing a particular difficult situation. I write a note to GOD, fold it up and put it in the box. It’s my personal post office that as soon as I put it in the box it goes directly to GOD. I actually have several that have filled up over the years. I haven’t been doing this as much lately, but I will be.
b) I will be starting the 12-month online Graphic Design Certificate Program (as soon as my books arrive, which should be today as they are on the truck toward my house now) to help advance the skills I use in my business which is editing & designing publications. Of course, once I get my books I may be back up to 2.f) “Fear and Anxiety” wondering “What have I gotten myself into”. At least I can get a refund if I feel that it’s going to be too much for me to handle. I will definitely be filling up my GOD box!
c) I started out doing books, but am now doing publications, and so far have done ten for the same client. Before I even finish one, while it’s being proofed, I have another one to start on, not to mention the one that I started before I received the other rush ones. Which is good because it means I'm doing a good job for them, so I just need to focus and keep doing my best or better than my best.
4. Now is the time for just one thing--reaching your goal. Today, focus your energy, clear your head, and achieve!
a) I signed up for Chalene Johnson’s “30 Day Challenge to Master Organization and Achieve Your Goals”
b) I share my home office, which can make it difficult at times, but we’ve developed a plan where I place something on the printer between us which tells him I'm working and need to focus. But I might need to find a different place to do my actual studying. When I'm at my desk, I get too tempted to check my e-mail and/or internet. After all, it’s been 35 years since I’ve actually studied for a class, other than doing video tutorials for a program. So this will be a true challenge for me and one, with GOD's help, I will succeed at.
Then there’s the regular daily chores of keeping the house clean, doing laundry, fixing dinner…you know the things that a normal housewife does. I finally cleaned my house (well most of it) since the last time at Thanksgiving, but I still have some scrubbing that needs to be done. Then, my plan is/was to pick one room a day and give it a quick cleaning. Hasn’t happened yet, but maybe with the tools I have coming and praying to GOD it will.