When We Lose Focus

by on 01 February 2017 | filed in Leadership Procrastination Productivity Self Development Time Management

Sometimes we lose focus. I don’t care who you are, how driven you are or how successful you are. If you are a freelancer, you are going to lose your mojo every now and then; it comes with the territory I’m afraid. For me, it’s usually because of an inaccurate assumption that I have enough time to take on one more challenge, project or hobby. It’s fascinating really, as I’ve been doing this for years. My ex-wife, and my friends, used to joke about the fact that if I got vaguely interested in anything, I would buy a book on it.

I’ve never been happy with just doing something, I have to become an expert. This either results in me becoming an expert or, as is usually the case, realising that I have way too much in my life already and putting it all with the rest of the stuff which I will revisit on a rainy day, once I have done some work, tidied the house, picked the kids up and taken them to their various activities, worked on my assignment, been for a run, done the washing, cooked dinner, put the kids to bed, watched Game of Thrones, written a blog, done some magic practice, watched a movie to justify my Netflix and Amazon memberships, been to the cinema to justify my Cineworld membership, played squash to justify my squash club membership and slept. Then I’ll get around to becoming a grandmaster at chess, a genius at Photoshop/Final Cut/Illustrator, a professional level photographer, a bedroom music producer, an editor, and author etc… (yes these are all things I have started and still have on the back burner).

Some of you may not recognise this insanity, but I feel that some of you will. This has happened to me recently as life has thrown me, or I have probably thrown myself, a few minor curveballs. Nothing deeply traumatic, but just enough to take my focus away from what I want to be doing; and with no contingency and all of my time taken up, this becomes a problem.

So it’s time to reset and importantly, not beat myself up about it. Life does happen, and sometimes we just have to keep spinning all the plates, poorly, until a few of them can be removed and things become more manageable.

For me, the key is in the ‘reset’. This involves sitting down, writing down where I want to be, and actively deciding what I need to do or, more accurately, what I need to stop doing, to get there.

It’s such a simple process but many of us wait a little too long before we do it, if we do it at all.

So if you feel as though you have too much going on and that things are slipping a bit, accept it and re-plan, reset and start again.


Have a wonderful day.

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Oh and thanks so much Jo McAnuff for proofing (any mistakes are due to my laziness). The world is full of lovely people :)