Find Focus Today — How to Stay on Track and Away from Temptation

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Find focus in your life…

When you find focus you find time. It’s actually that simple. But saying it’s simple isn’t the same as saying it’s easy.

Life is busy and it’s filled with distractions. Not only that, but it’s also constantly in flux. Here at The Time Finder, we’ve recently written about how your priorities can help you manage change. We also explored some ideas about making a conscious transition into a new season.

This past weekend offered lots of opportunities to explore change skills here in New Hampshire. We moved from chilly mornings to a Saturday afternoon that threatened rain. Then came Sunday, with beautiful blue skies and warmer temperatures. This morning the sky is a beautiful, crystalline blue and the temperature is unseasonably warm.

Change is ever-present in our lives. The ground shifts, and we adjust. It’s a constant, and ever-changing, dance.

Find focus in any weather…

And as we enter a new week, I’d like to focus on focus. Specifically, on how you find focus, no matter what is happening around you.

There are many facets to focus. And there are many ways that having it, or lacking it, can make or break your time management efforts.  Consider the following Chinese proverb, quoted in an article (Finding Time Strategies – Identify 3 Common Culprits Who Steal Your Focus) that I published some time ago:

“If you chase two rabbits, both will escape.”

Before you click the link to read the article, I suggest that you try this: 

  • Take out a pen and paper and write down the three things that most often distract you from a task or are most likely to knock your plans off course.
  • Number them, one through three, with number one being the focus thief that you think will be the easiest to address.
  • Write down one action that you will take in the coming week to find focus when this temptation beckons.
  • Observe how this goes for you. Keep track of the time you regain.
  • And don’t forget to congratulate yourself for your accomplishments.

Once you solidify your skill in managing this time thief, move on to the next.

Want more help with this?

You face unique questions and are called, continually, to come up with unique solutions. So, I’m offering something to help with that today. It’s a deck of cards — 50 cards, to be exact. And it’s titled Mindful Moments: Heart-Based Reflections on Time and Life. The focus of this particular card series consolidates decades of my experience into bite-sized reflections and journal prompts. To learn more, click this link:

I think you’ll find yourself returning to them again and again. Maybe you’ll shuffle the deck and pull out a card about boundaries or self-care. Or perhaps you’ll explore how your energy feels to you right now, in this very moment. Let’s say you randomly draw a card at lunchtime one day. You learn about how saying “No” to one thing helps you create the space to say “Yes” to something else. And then you realize, hours later, how that brief moment with that card prompted you to create a much-needed boundary that afternoon with your boss.

The more you engage, the more you’ll discover, so I encourage you to use Mindful Moments in whatever way works for you. I’m really excited to share Mindful Moments with you today. I can’t wait for you to discover the many ways that working with these cards will help you pause, ponder, and deepen your experience. This enriches you, no matter what the world is bringing to your door.

To give yourself more mindful moments, click this link:

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