My ability to focus has been lacking the past few days. The combination of having too many ideas/thoughts while feeling overwhelmed by my to-do list tends to make my concentration scramble for hills. Then when I don’t quiet my mind, it gets pretty damn loud up in there and I usually find myself staring blankly at my screen wondering what the heck to do. What about you?
After grabbing some chalk with the intention of writing my to-do list up on my wall, my focus failed to join me. While the act of writing a to-do list is simple, when one to-do makes your mind race with all the other related items, that feeling of being overwhelmed just grows and often you end up doing nothing.
So today I’m saying screw it to writing out a to-do list and starting with just one thing that first comes to mind when when I ask myself “what do I need to get done today?”. In my experience, this has a snow-ball effect and before I know it, I’m focused and getting shit done. That feeling of accomplishment turns into a natural high and suddenly that to-do list doesn’t seem so overwhelming anymore. Do you find this too?
Sometimes you just have to start. You don’t always need an immediate plan or strategy to your process. Of course it helps but sometimes we get so caught up in the planning that we fail to start. We over-think. We over-research. We over-read the myriad of articles out there promising us that if we follow their steps, productivity and success will follow. Really, the only thing you have to do is start. The rest will naturally follow and figure itself out along the way.
What are you tackling today? And if you have any strategies for reigning in your focus when it’s gone AWOL, I’d love to hear all about it.