What do you do when you just can’t find your focus?
What do you do when you are searching, and searching without success and just can’t focus?
I take a short break and stop trying to focus completely. I take time to frolic. I do something mindless. I do something that I enjoy doing and completely free my mind. I distract myself with something else. I go for a walk. I listen to some music. After that short time, I go back to what I need to focus on.
Other times instead of searching for something to clear my mind, I look to limit my focus. I set a time frame and say “I am going to do this activity for …” and then I let myself do that activity for that allotted amount of time. If I get lost into the activity, great. I keep going. If I am still struggling after that time frame. I will change activities.
When I moved out on my own, I was a little (most people would say a lot) spoiled. I had people in my life that would come to my house and clean. My mother, my boyfriend, my best friend were all quick to come to my home and start cleaning or cooking. My mom would add doing the laundry. When I was a child, I had the same thing; if I didn’t clean, my mother would quickly . Then I moved away, I didn’t have that anymore. I had three children and had no idea how to really clean. I had to train myself to clean. I started in short spurts because I didn’t know how to focus on cleaning. I would set an alarm and see what I could accomplish in a specific time frame.
When you are searching for your focus there are many things you can do. Try to put a time limit your focus. If you are able to focus, stay there. If you can’t focus move on to the next task. You can also choose to take a break and then try to refocus yourself.
This blog is part of a #Write31Days series on Focus with prompts by #FMFParty. Write 31 Days is an online writing challenge, where bloggers pick one topic and write a post on that topic every day. Five Minute Fridays provides prompts and encourages writers to free write for five minutes on the prompt.